By Rick Hsu
The FOA is scaring homeowners into believing that it will sell to a developer who will build more homes if we vote down the golf course purchase. There are daunting obstacles for a developer to build homes on the golf course properties.
First, Washoe County approved the ArrowCreek subdivision as Development Agreement 9-1-93 (DA9-1-93), which is now an actual County Ordinance (Ordinance No. 963). To build more homes, the developer would need to apply to the County to amend the Development Agreement. DA9-1-93 was approved with a maximum of 1,090 home sites (we now have 1,086), and the golf course land is not zoned for residential use. Therefore, developing the golf course land would require:
- An increase of density and allowable home sites;
- A change in the Washoe County Master Plan; and
- A change in the regulatory zoning.
Second, Article VII of the CC&Rs burdens the golf course properties by giving the golf course owner membership votes and requiring the owner to pay dues for golf course use of common areas. To build more homes, the developer would need to amend the CC&Rs, which requires a 50%+1 vote of all homeowners. Homeowners have the right to veto any future development of golf course properties requires.
Conclusion: Voting “No” to the golf course purchase will NOT lead to the development of new homes. There is probably less than a 1% chance of overcoming the obstacles above.