A 173-home residential development planned to replace a former municipal golf course in Glendale comes up for a zoning vote Thursday.
The 43-acre development, at the northeast corner of 55th and Northern avenues, will replace Glen Lakes Golf Course, which the city closed in early 2019 after it had become rundown and costly. The Glendale Planning Commission will vote on a general plan and zoning change that would allow the development in a public meeting 6 p.m. Thursday in the lecture hall of the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center, 11550 W. Glendale Ave. The meeting will be broadcast on public access Channel 11 and streamed on the city’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page.
The general plan amendment would change the land’s designation from public open space to residential and the zoning change would switch the zoning from agricultural to residential. In this case, the Planning Commission’s vote on the general plan and zoning changes are only recommendations to City Council, which has the final vote.
Plans for the development, named Trevino at Glen Lakes, will include a narrow park on both the west and east of the property, connected by a walking trail that wraps around the north of the property. The 10 acres of park land will be handed over to city control upon completion to become a neighborhood park.
Several local residents opposed the closing of the course, saying the course only became run-down because the city neglected its financial responsibility to the public land. Many of those residents continue to oppose the proposed housing development, asking to at least keep the property public open space. That wish seems unlikely as Council signaled their intentions for the property by selling it to a housing developer. The developer still needs Council’s stamp on the general plan and zoning changes before they can put up houses because the land is not currently zoned for housing. Such a change would mean a full 180 from at least two Council members, however, a Council voted 5-2 to sell the once city-owned property to the housing developer.