Pa. Supreme Court refuses to hear Valley Green Golf Course appeal
The state Supreme Court dealt what could be the final blow to a developer's plan to build houses on the Valley Green Golf Course in Newberry Township.
The high court last week refused to hear an appeal by Golf Enterprises, Inc., according to court documents.
The company was seeking to reverse an April 25 ruling by Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court that affirmed the township’s denial of a request to rezone the golf course property for residential development.
It was Golf Enterprises, the golf course's owner, latest attempt to help the builder — McNaughton Homes — construct 400 houses on 100 acres on Newberry Township's protected land.
The township rezoned the Valley Green Golf Course in 2006, changing the property's designation from commercial-recreational space to open space.
Newberry Township Board of Supervisors denied Golf Enterprises' request to rezone Valley Green Golf Course from open space to residential growth after four public hearings, at which the company faced off against a group of concerned residents.
The Valley Green Residents Organization defended the township's decision. Its members launched "Keep the Course" initiative, trying to stop Golf Enterprises vision.
Golf Enterprises challenged the township's 2013 rezoning denial, claiming officials illegally "spot-zoned" the course in 2006, as it was the only property rezoned as open space.
Newberry Township Board of Supervisors in October 2013 rejected the golf course owner's request. They voted 4-1 to deny amending zoning for Valley Green Golf Course from open space to residential.