University City

Council weighs rezoning for golf academy

Charlotte City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a request to rezone 42 acres of mostly undeveloped land near Cindy Lane for a private golf academy.

The city's Planning Department staff has recommended the council approve rezoning for Carolina Golf Lodge even though the proposal is inconsistent with the Northeast District Plan.

The recreational facility would have a low-impact and would be compatible with the surrounding residential areas, planning analysts said in recommending the zoning change.

The community also turned out in support of the lodge at a meeting with representatives from Dillon Lake LLC, the developer, and at a public hearing the council held in December.

Residents have said the lodge should be a better fit for the community than a housing subdivision.

"It's privately owned, and I'm thinking it won't bring too much traffic," said Doris Barber, a resident of the nearly Meadowhill subdivision.

Jonathan Jarrett of Dillon Lake LLC wants the Charlotte City Council to rezone the site, between Interstate 77 and Murray Street in north Charlotte, from a single-family residential zoning to a general business category.

Jarrett chose the site because it offers quick access to interstates and the airport.

About 40,000 square feet of construction is in the development plan.

That would include space for a clubhouse and about 12 cottages.

None of the buildings would be more than two stories high.

Six-foot sidewalks and 8-foot planting strips would be added along Cindy Lane, the proposed location for the lodge's main entrance.

The academy would serve primarily college sports hopefuls and individuals looking to join the professional circuit.

Most visits to the lodge are expected to be short-term. Some trainees might come in from out of town for an overnight stay or weeklong stay for club fitting or when a special instructor is in town.

Training might be available from local, regional or national instructors who could help trainees improve their physical and mental skills to compete for college scholarships or a professional career.

The developer is lining up financing for the project. Construction could start in about 18 months, if the council approved rezoning this year, he said.