The uncertain future of a closed golf course brought dozens of neighbors to express their concerns at the Henderson City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Residents who entered the council chamber would, however, not witness a consecutive vote on the future of their neighborhood. City leaders have instead heard a progress report on land maintenance plans as officials wait to be landscaped.
The Black Mountain Golf & Country Club closed at the end of November, leaving residents struggling and fearing unsightly developments.
"We are all worried about what this might bring to our quaint little neighborhood," said Keva Jordan, who has been living in the area for more than 11 years.
Most of Tuesday night's participants wore green T-shirts with the phrase "Save Black Mountain". A supporter distributed stickers encouraging others to save the neighborhood and the golf course.
The course, which opened in 1958, went bankrupt in 2017. According to its website, the first nine holes of the course, dubbed the "Founders Nine" – were the third oldest in the Las Vegas Valley.
Some closures of golf courses in the valley have been poorly received by the public in recent years. Henderson's Legacy Golf Course closed abruptly in 2017 and reopened months later. Efforts to rehabilitate the course have been the subject of litigation. The redevelopment efforts at the Badlands Golf Course in Las Vegas continue to languish in court.
"I've heard loud and clear that many residents would like the Black Mountain Golf Course to remain a golf course," Councilor John Marz said at the meeting. "I do not know how you are going to do that."
The developers had launched the idea of preserving Black Mountain's original nine holes while building houses above other parts of the course. There are no active plans or applications waiting to develop the course, but that has not allayed the concerns.
"It looks like this company is targeting a high density developer," Val LaPorta told the board. "Any proposed zoning changes will have a significant negative impact on the natural environment of this neighborhood's property."
Black Mountain has scheduled a neighborhood meeting on February 11 to discuss its maintenance and closure plans, according to the city. This plan will then have to be sent back to the municipal council for a vote, which officials expect to take place in March.
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