The message sent to developers hoping to turn Riviera Golf Club into a residential subdivision was clear: less density and better green space.
The Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission on March 13 heard a concept plan for 284 single-family homes on 168 acres currently occupied by Dublin’s oldest golf club.
Residents packed the municipal building to oppose the proposed residential development that would require rezoning for an increase in density.
“The density is not even close,” commission member Warren Fishman said. “One of the traditions we have in Dublin is for things to get better and better.”
Kevin Walter, representing Friends of Dublin, a community group that opposes the plan, said the proposal goes against the city’s community plan, which guides development in Dublin and has the site listed as parks or open space.
“This development is in direct opposition of the community plan,” he said.
Developer Charles Ruma, who has purchased the site, said Riviera Golf Club would not be in business for much longer.
“They’ve had severe financial difficulties, and they just can’t make it anymore,” he said, adding that the course is not up to PGA standards and the clubhouse has remained largely unchanged since its construction in the 1970s. “These guys cannot operate the golf course through this year. It’s going to close.”
Read the full story in the March 20 edition of ThisWeek Dublin Villager.