Brentwood Set to Discuss Deer Ridge and Shadow Lake Golf Course Consolidation, Senior Housing

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On Tuesday night, the Brentwood City Council will vote on moving forward with contracting out services Environmental Impact Report (EIR) relating to the Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes golf course development.

The cost for Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to prepare the project-level EIR for this application is $236,875.00.

Under the plan, Senior Living facilities would be built on the property currently occupied by the Deer Ridge clubhouse and parking lot and portions of the Shadow Lakes Golf course.  SunCoast Properties would then consolidate the two 18-hole golf courses (36-holes) and turn it into an 18-hole course with a mixture of holes from both golf courses and the building of a bridge over Balfour Road.

SunCoast Properties, who has had a dozen meetings with residents, claims maintaining both golf courses is not sustainable and has a $10 million debt.

According to the City, an environmental review of the project is required by State law and the failure to conduct an adequate environmental review will likely subject the City to litigation. Approval of the agreement in no way signifies City support of, or opposition to, the underlying project, and is only the first step in the required project review process. The public will have an extended period of time to provide written comments on a draft of the environmental documentation once it is prepared.

The public will also have multiple opportunities throughout the application review process to provide written comments on the project to the City, as well as to provide verbal comments to the Planning Commission and/or City Council at their respective meetings. The review process will conclude with formal public hearings on the project and environmental documents to be conducted by the Planning Commission and City Council. It is anticipated that these hearings will occur in the spring of 2018.

The 18-hole golf courses at Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes, built in the early 2000’s under separate ownership, are located in the southwest corner of Brentwood. Each course is surrounded by a significant number of single-family homes, with 1,031 in Deer Ridge (located south of Balfour Road) and 940 in Shadow Lakes (located north of Balfour Road). In 2006, SunCoast Properties bought both courses.

Earlier this year, SunCoast approached the City about the possibility of consolidating the two courses (reducing the 36 existing holes to a total of 18, with approximately half of the holes in Deer Ridge and the other half in Shadow Lakes), repurposing the 18 holes to be removed from play, developing small portions of each course with senior housing projects, and building a golf cart bridge over Balfour Road to connect the reconfigured course. SunCoast submitted a formal development application to the City on July 6, 2017 to move forward with its plan.

Before the project may be developed, the City would have to approve a series of discretionary land use entitlements, including:

  • A General Plan amendment to allow the senior housing projects on portions of each course, since they are currently designated for “Semi-Public Facility” development;
  • A rezone to modify the individual zoning districts for both Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes to establish specific regulations for operation of the consolidated course, the holes to be repurposed, and development of the senior housing. This would involve amendments to the PD-20 zoning district for Deer Ridge and the PD-18 zoning district for Shadow Lakes;
  • Tentative parcel maps to reflect the consolidated course, the holes to be repurposed, and individual parcels for the senior housing projects; and
  • A design review for a new golf cart bridge over Balfour Road to connect the reconfigured course.

To view the Agenda, click here.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am one of the few original owners. Before I support re-zoning I have quite a few questions.
    When our entry into Deer Ridge was falling into disrepair we made a substantial donation, as did a few others, to make the entry to Deer Ridge more attractive. The water features will probably never
    be brought back.Was there money left? Who will make sure entry is maintained ? Our home is on
    about 20,000 sq.ft lot and borders city property on one side and golf course on the other 2 sides.
    The city does a good job keeping the weeds down and the golf course stays on top of their share.
    The greens below my home will be closed. Who will make sure weeds are down? We have had two
    grass fires in several years ago and came close. It could have been catastrophic were it not for fire and police. Before I support the re-zone I want more detailed info re Senior Living / assisted care
    buildings. Three story is a bit to much for our communities. Two story might be less offensive & the architecture should blend into the area of homes as much as possible. At this point I’m relying on The City of Brentwood & Planning Comission to do what is best for everyone. The last thing they want to do is bring blight to neighborhoods.

  2. Skill care facilities is a nice way to describe a nursing home. You typically have later stage Alzheimer’s and bed ridden patients. None of which is actually a problem, but they do have lots of emergencies and deaths. Which means ambulances will be running through residential areas constantly. The Deer Ridge neighborhood clubhouse is smack in the middle of the neighborhood. Will this be a private pay or Medicare and Medicaid facility. How many staff will be there? A 100 bed facility will require a staff of at least 40 during peak hours along with visitors and families. What will the parking situation be like? You will either have a huge expanse of asphalt or dog-eat-dog street parking. Also, SunCoast has yet to open their books to actually prove that they have incurred $10 million in debt from the two courses.

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