The possibility of a new golf course community in Fruita has some residents voicing concern while others are cheering it on. But before a golf course can be built the city's 2020 community plan will have to be amended.
How to build a community? That's a question Tad Hutchins thought the city of Fruita answered when it adopted its community plan through 2020. Tad says the plan was a result of a great deal of community input over the course of several years and it was a good comprehensive piece of work that embodied a balanced community. Even the Governor noted the plans vision and honored it with his Smart Growth Award. But the planning commission is proposing to amend the plan and ultimately what's proposed is a golf course and residential neighborhood near 16 and L Roads.
Tad's been farming off of 16 and l roads for more than 50 years. He says having an 18 hole golf course and more than 300 homes in the area completely undermines the 2020 plan. He's even sent out hundreds of letters to Fruita residents hoping to make his case. Dahna Raugh with the planning commission says even if the amendment is approved it doesn't necessarily mean development will begin right away, especially because the property is so far from the city.
Tad is urging concerned citizens to attend the planning commissions next meeting August 8, from 7–10p.m. at the Civic Center in Fruita. If the planning commission agrees to amend the 2020 plan it will move forward to city council who will then make a decision in early September.