Rezoning request for Somerset Park golf course is now on par

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 5, 2018

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TROY — The Troy Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning just over 1 acre needed to construct a new administrative office and golf pro shop on the green at Somerset Park Apartments. 

The Planning Commission voted unanimously at its Aug. 28 meeting to recommend that the City Council approve the request to rezone the parcel from single-family to multifamily zoning. 

The Planning Commission is the recommending body on rezoning requests, and the City Council has final approval.

An earlier request in April to rezone the entire 39-acre golf course from single-family to multifamily zoning landed in the rough after officials postponed action on a request to rezone the nine-hole golf course at the apartment complex and instructed the course to come back with a better plan. 

The Planning Commission voted 6-1 April 10 to postpone action on the request in order to give the applicant a chance to revise the plans. Planning Commission Chair Ollie Apahidean and Planning Commission member Philip Sanzica were absent.  

Planning Commissioner Karen Crusse voted no, saying it wasn’t  a good rezoning for 39 acres. 

“Due to the uncertainty of what the golf course would be, the Planning Commission voted to postpone,” said Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, to the Planning Commission at its Aug. 28 meeting. 

Carlisle explained that the existing building is currently used as a clubhouse and a small practice area, and it would be expanded to include a leasing office for the apartment complex. 

The concept plan for the new building, if the council approves the rezoning, features a 10,000-square-foot, two-story building with a walkout-style lower level.

“The owners are putting a lot of money into a new pro shop, improving the amenities of the golf course,” Martin Smith, spokesman for the owners of Somerset Park Apartments, said at the Aug. 28 meeting. 

The golf course is open to the public.