Rezoning that will drive development on the Riviera Golf Course site won approval from Dublin City Council this week.

Rezoning that will drive development on the Riviera Golf Course site won approval from Dublin City Council this week.

Developer Charles Ruma plans to put 185 residences on the 152-acre site that has been the home to fairways and greens for 50 years.

Ruma's conservation design includes 50 percent -- 76 acres -- green space.

The development has three areas:

* Subarea A will have the largest lots at a minimum of 13,000 square feet and will hold the most expensive residences.

* Subarea B will have smaller lots of a minimum 9,750 square feet.

* Subarea C will have the smallest lots at a minimum of 7,200 square feet and be aimed at empty-nesters.

"I'm hoping this is my swan song," Ruma told council at a meeting Monday, June 8.

While the plan has changed from 284 homes when initially proposed in 2014, some area residents were still hoping the fairways at Riviera could remain green.

"With respect to Riviera, our goal is that it remain green," said Mike Mess, representing a coalition of nine surrounding home owners associations.

Mess suggested turning the land into a park or nature preserve, but said if development must occur it should be held to the highest standards.

Council members agreed with Mess on high standards, taking issue with a proposal for asphalt driveways, tree preservation, home owners association fees and architectural quality.

Councilman Tim Lecklider said he wished for different housing in the development.

"I think this style of housing was a good proposal 10 years ago," he said. "My issue is I don't think we need any more of this style of housing."

Councilman John Reiner agreed and said the proposal has weighed on his mind with concerns about potentially adding to problems of crowded schools and roadways and the lack of quality control.

"I could not see where this would be a positive benefit for the city of Dublin," he said.

Dublin Planner Claudia Husak said the residences will have to get the approval of a three-person review board and will have to meet all current zoning codes in the city.

"We ended up with 15 pages of descriptive architectural elements," Ruma said.

The rezoning and preliminary plat for Riviera were approved in a 5-1 vote with Reiner casting the dissenting vote. Lecklider, Amy Salay, Greg Peterson, Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and Mayor Michael Keenan voted in favor of the rezoning and preliminary plat.

An infrastructure agreement with Ruma for Riviera was also approved in a four-to-two vote with Reiner and Peterson voting against it.

Councilman Richard Gerber recused himself from both votes because he's had colleagues who have worked with the American Italian Golf Association, the current owners of the land and long-time operators of Riviera Golf Club.

The infrastructure agreement will have Ruma pay the city $125,000 to mitigate the impacts of the development on the area, helping to pay for road improvements in the area that carry an anticipated price tag of $6.5 million.