Jordan Bontke with content partner KATV reports:
A request to use part of a Cabot golf course for commercial businesses was denied in a vote Tuesday by the city’s planning commission.
Owner of Greystone County Club, Jim Cooper requested to rezone 26 acres of the golf course to have the option to put commercial businesses on the course.
“It can be a can be a dealership, it can be almost anything in C-3 because this is the largest. It is high volume traffic,” said Cabot Planning Chairmen, James Reid.
Applause broke out in a standing room only Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday night when the commission voted ‘no’ to approve to the rezoning request and ‘no’ to table the original request.
One of the first Greystone residents to take the podium was Tony Davis, who brought a petition, he says, with 450 Greystone resident signatures on it.
“There is not a single person in this room that is for it, that has risen to stand up that lives in Cabot or Greystone,” said one resident who opposed the rezoning request.
The only person who publicly spoke out in favor of the possibility of commercial businesses on part of the country club was the one who issued the rezoning request, Jim Cooper.
“The last thing we want to do is make the remaining property that we own worth less,” said Cooper at Tuesday night’s meeting.
General Manager of Greystone, Richard Johnson said Cooper is trying to open up options for the golf course. Cooper bought the course out of bankruptcy and in the past three years, they’ve invested over $1.5 million into the course.
Johnson said only about 25% of the Greystone community have a membership to the country club. Social memberships cost $65 a month.
“Everyone else is just sitting back and waiting for someone to pour money in here, and that’s not going to happen anymore,” said Richard Johnson.
After Tuesday night’s vote, Johnson said he had no immediate plans for the future of Greystone Country Club.
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