The Oakbrook Golf & Country Club wants to change the zoning for 2 acres of its course, a sign the Lakewood club may want to sell land to generate money.
A staff report from Lakewood Senior Planner Deborah Johnson states the 42-year-old course is confronted with "financial viability issues," and is looking to secure its future without raising fees for its 450 members.
The plan by the country club’s board calls for converting portions of its course into residential lots, up to 10, in the course’s fourth and fifth additions that could be developed into homes.
Kara Brevet, the country club’s manager, said the proposal to convert open space into residential lots is more of a fallback option for Oakbrook.
"This is something so that we have option," she said. "It’s not something that’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s something should we need it."
The course is the centerpiece of what’s now a developed neighborhood with homes and a few apartments. This week, a man was walking on the sidewalk in the residential neighborhood with a golf bag around his back.
The Lakewood Planning Advisory Board will hold a public hearing tonight on Oakbrook’s proposed zoning amendment. The meeting starts 6:30 p.m., tonight at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street Southwest.
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