Lowndes' Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group helps clients successfully navigate the many issues and nuances that often arise with golf course redevelopment projects.
We have experience negotiating with homeowners’ associations and surrounding residents who are most greatly impacted by the redevelopment, in addition to assisting golf course owners with revisions to deed restrictions and HOA declarations. Our strong relationships with local government staff and elected officials enable us to find solutions that keep our clients’ projects moving forward while protecting the interests of the neighbors and creating a catalyst for economic development. We also assist clients with identifying potential environmental, flood plain and stormwater issues that may arise.
Our team has represented developers in connection with entitlements for both residential and commercial redevelopment of golf courses in master planned communities. We have experience advising clients on projects that entail removal of the entire golf course, as well as projects involving revision of the golf course layout to allow for redevelopment on property deemed in excess. We have worked with golf course owners whose courses may already be closed or are still open for play.
- Represented a developer in the conversion of a 120-acre golf course that resulted in a 1600-plus unit condominium community.
- Represented a developer in the conversion of a 128-acre former golf course in the City of Orlando to a mixed-use Urban Village slated for 6,000 residential units and 350,000 square feet of commercial space.
- Represented a municipal government in the acquisition and bond financing of an existing golf course to preserve it for the public and prevent potential development on land that had existing development rights.
- Represented a homeowners’ association in negotiations with the developer of a closed golf course that resulted in limited development of 268 apartment units, conveyance of 63 acres of the former golf course, and a payment of approximately $1 million to the association as well.