Development Would Include Portion of City Golf Course

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By Kevin Murphy

Erdman Holdings’ proposed 104-lot Pleasant View Ridge subdivision would carve 14 residential lots out of the City of Middleton’s golf course, according to city planner Eileen Kelley.

Kelley told the Pleasant View Golf Course Advisory Committee Monday that two cul-de-sacs would extend into the Woods course from the north. One cul-de-sac of 10 homes would be routed between the eighth green and ninth tee and the other cul-de-sac would be located further east on the course.

Fourteen is the maximum number of lots that could be added to the project while still minimizing impact to the course, said Kelley.

Golfers as well as trail users would have to cross the street connecting the eastern cul-de-sac in order to continue their round.

“I’m thinking it fits,” Tom Scott, a committee member and golfer, said of the two proposed cul-de-sacs.

No other committee member or Pleasant View Golf Course official objected to the plans at Monday’s meeting.

In order to satisfy the city, which wants to get the 14 lots on the market early in the project, Erdman would develop its proposed subdivision from the south and east.  That would require improving the current road that winds its way to clubhouse from Pleasant View Road.

Neither Kelley nor Bill Suick, Erdman’s engineer for the project, had cost estimates for the road project.

The city could use lot sale proceeds to retire some of the golf course purchase and clubhouse construction debt. However, some also would go toward improving the road to be shared by the golf course and subdivision.

The subdivision’s primary access eventually would be from Schwartz Road, south of US 14, said Kelley.

Cost of the lots would range from $170,000 to $300,000 each, which is the amount lots most recently brought in Erdman’s Middleton Hills subdivision, said Jane Grabowki-Miller, of Erdman Holdings.

Erdman wouldn’t buy the lots but offered to broker their sale for the city.

The project is a mix of large and small lots.  The smallest would be 6,000- to 8,000-square feet, said Kelley. Unlike city lots, these would be served by private septic and wells.

An annexation petition is on the city council’s agenda next week, said Kelley. Approval would begin a 120-day clock during which, by state law, the city must pass a “conservation subdivision” ordinance and concept plan or the annexation request would expire, the property would remain in the Town of Middleton and Erdman could develop there, Kelley said.

However, the time limits could be extended by mutual agreement of the parties, she added.

Suick said the 14 lots and streets could be staked this fall to show how they would impact play at the golf course.

All street plans remain subject to change at this point, he said.




The committee postponed adopting a 2014 rate structure and budget recommendation to the Finance Committee until its Sept. 23 meeting.

Golf course director Ted Donker said cart rates for nine holes should go up from $10 to $12 next year and sales tax could be added to green fees. Those fees currently include sales tax.

“The demand is there for carts,” he said.

Lou Reilly, a committee member, wanted a fee increase on top of including sales tax saying the course needs to contribute more to its total cost.

Pleasant View GC revenue has covered its operating expenses but not its debt service for years.

While Donker estimated that raising prices wouldn’t reduce the amount of business, perhaps an increase of 6,000 or 7,000 rounds next year, he couldn’t substantiate that other than “a gut feeling.”

“We gotta’ get off gut feelings. We need metrics,” said Committee Chair Terry Turner.

The number of rounds played through July 31 this year is down from 38,646 this year compared to 42,425 last year.

The committee asked Donker to present at the Sept. 23 meeting a projection of number of rounds to be played in 2014 based on trends from the past three years and the number of playable days.





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