LeeAnn Menut got the outcome she wanted for the Valley Green Golf Course.
The Newberry Township Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to deny Golf Enterprises Inc.'s request to have the golf course zoned as residential grown rather than open space, which would have opened the door for development on the course.
"I'm quite pleased, excited about the outcome, that it went in the favor of the community" said Menut, a township resident. "I'm empowered by the decision. I feel at peace."
Menut is a member of Valley Green Residents Organization, which opposed the rezoning request of Golf Enterprises, acting on behalf of McNaughton Homes, which owns the golf course.
VGRO also presented information and witnesses during the four curative amendment hearings held between June and September.
She said John Elliott, the organization's representative, VGRO's witnesses and residents who commented during the hearings were well prepared with research and documents to present their objections at the hearings.
Mark and Ethel Bitterman also said the supervisors made the right decision. The Bittermans said they have been living behind the golf course's 15th green for 33 years.
The Bittermans said they are among the golf course's original stockholders.
"When we moved here, we had the understanding it would always be a golf course," Mark Bitterman said. "We were told that before it was sold to (McNaughton)."
Anthony Miller, township resident and VGRO member, said the organization learned a lot about the township while researching information for the curative amendment hearings.
Based that information, Miller said he knows the supervisors made the right decision, even though Ernest Helmick, the supervisor's vice chairman, voted against denying Golf Enterprises' request.
"Everybody has the right to make their decisions," Miller said. "I believe (the supervisors) made their decisions based on all the facts presented. And the taxpayers have spoken, and I believe we were heard."
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