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Black Mountain neighbors fighting against planned development near closed Henderson golf course

Posted: 11:22 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 07:11:17-04

HENDERSON (KTNV) — Almost a year after the Black Mountain Golf Course went bankrupt there is a new push to develop the area and build hundreds of new houses.

But neighbors are banding together to make sure it doesn’t happen. Dozens attended an informal meeting about the plans Tuesday night at the Black Mountain Recreation Center.

The proposed development hasn't even gone before the Henderson City Council yet, but already people living near the now closed Black Mountain Golf Course are ready to resist. They fear plans to build hundreds of new homes will upend a historic neighborhood.

Denell Hahn is the director of the Henderson Historical Society.

"Not only are they putting houses on it. They are putting houses that are not acceptable to us,” Hahn said. “Very high density. Very tiny streets. We're already maxed out on traffic. We are already maxed out on schools and public services."

"I've lived on the golf course since 1975,” said John Cahill. “And I have four family members that have lived there since 1962 and they looked out on the fairway every day. And all that has gone away."

Andy Baron is a partner with Anderson Baron, a company that wants to build 1,800 new homes in the area.

During the packed meeting he tried to assure residents the new homes won’t be apartments and that all the necessary studies have been done to show the area can support more people.

"Development is coming in an area that has been previously a golf course,” said Baron. “And certainly, there are a lot of residents who have opinions about what they want to see happen. And sometimes the best laid plans are not the most well received plans."

Tuesday night’s meeting was an informal meeting coming after residents received fliers on their doors.

Now the developers have to file a formal application with the city, hold a series of neighborhood meetings and public hearings if the plan makes it through the planning commission and goes to the full city council.

One neighbor said he will be there every step of the way

"Just keep going to the meetings and keep fighting,” said Frank Lewis.