Citizens for Lakeview Preservation to hold rally Dec. 10

After 58 years at its present location, the Lakeview Golf Course that runs into Mound, Minnetrista and Orono s closing at the end of this season. This family-run business has had its struggles in the past few years, and the owners thank returning customers for helping them stay open this long. Its sister course Red Oak in Mound across the road will also close. (Laker photo by Theresa Malloy)

After 58 years at its present location, the Lakeview Golf Course that runs into Mound, Minnetrista and Orono is closing at the end of this season. This family-run business has had its struggles in the past few years, and the owners thank returning customers for helping them stay open this long. Its sister course Red Oak in Minnetrista across the road will also close. (Laker photo by Theresa Malloy)

The Citizens for Lakeview Preservation will hold a rally on Dec. 10 to talk about preservation concerns and volunteer opportunities relating to the Lakview Golf Course development.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at Gray’s Freshwater Institute 2500 Shadywood Road in Navarre. It will feature a speaker as well as music by the Rokk Club.

The Lakeview and Red Oak golf courses owners decided to sell the property because it was no longer economically viable earlier this summer. The owners have entered into a purchase agreement with Source Land Capital to develop the properties.

Minnetrista has approved the sketch plan for the Red Oaks development; however, the city of Orono has asked for a 60-day delay to take action.

The sketch plan of the development came before the council at the Nov. 12 meeting, and the development hinges on a comprehensive plan amendment before the next stages of the approval process. Councilors unanimously passed a 60-day delay. The council has asked for more time and more information before it takes action to relating to the proposed development on the Lakeview Golf Course.

The city would have to take action to amend the city’s comprehensive plan that currently designates the golf course property for open space and recreational use. The area is already zoned for rural residential as well; however, an amendment would make the long-term designation rural residential in the plan.

The council will hold a special work session to review the data provided by the developer and refined sketch plan at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. The council would have to take action on amending the comprehensive plan the following week at its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. The 60-day delay would expire on Jan. 24.

The Citizens for Lakeview Preservation is an informal group of neighbors that have come together and raised concerns about developing the property. They presented a petition to the council requesting a delay, and more than 20 people spoke at the Nov. 12 Orono meeting expressing concerns.

For more information on this group, visit www.oronolakeviewpreservation.com.

 

Contact Theresa Malloy at theresa.malloy@ecm-inc.com

 

Caption.  (Laker photos by Theresa Malloy/Submitted Photo)

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