The first of several hearings to determine the fate of Valley Green Golf Course will be held next month.
Newberry Township officials will host a zoning hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Newberry Township Fire Hall, 2145 York Haven Road.
The session was scheduled and postponed twice last year, but Golf Enterprises Inc. has again requested the meeting, said Don Keener, township manager.
Golf Enterprises, acting on behalf of McNaughton Homes, which owns the golf course, could not be reached for comment.
Last summer, McNaughton Homes proposed amending zoning for the golf course from open space to residential, making room for a 400-unit development.
The plan would pave what opponents say is the township's only green space.
At stake is the 100-acre golf course that serves as a manicured backyard to residents who live in a cul-de-sac along the public venue.
In July, a group of local homeowners formed the Valley Green Residents Organization to create awareness and stall the plan, attending public meetings and hosting rallies in opposition of the potential zoning change.
Last fall, the York County Planning Commission recommended Valley Green be rezoned to a residential district, but the Newberry Township Planning Committee rejected the proposal. Neither recommendation is legally binding.
Both opinions will be submitted to Newberry Township supervisors, who will make a decision after a series of hearings.
At the zoning hearing in June, Golf Enterprises will deliver a presentation on the proposed zoning change.
Two subsequent meetings will be held -- one devoted to the residents' feedback and one for supervisors to vote, according to township administration.
Newberry Township officials received numerous complaints from residents when plans were first announced, Keener said.
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