Thornton’s quest to put a Topgolf driving range near Interstate 25 again must clear the hazard of a persistent homeowner.
Lotte Radoor, a neighborhood resident near the proposed site for the driving range development, this week again sued the City of Thornton Development Department in Adams County District Court, asking the city to reverse amendments from September that allow businesses like Topgolf in business park zoning.
For more than a year, the proposed site has pitted nearby residents against the City of Thornton.
Last August, the city council approved Topgolf at the proposed property – zoned as a business park – by designating the company as a “private membership club.” Radoor filed her first lawsuit Sept. 20, 2016, arguing the “proposed facility was not a ‘private membership club’ but was instead a ‘commercial amusement – outside,’” the lawsuit states.
Radoor won her case this June, with the court overturning the city’s decision to allow Topgolf at that site.
The City of Thornton responded by seeking to change its zoning codes. On Aug. 24, it held a neighborhood meeting to amend its current zoning, which would allow “commercial amusement – outside” within 350 feet of residential property lines, according to the lawsuit.
While many residents at the meeting opposed the amendments that would allow Topgolf at the proposed site, council members approved them unanimously on Sept. 19.
BusinessDen previously reported Topgolf was looking to open in a development called Thorncreek Commons, near I-25 and 136th Avenue.
“It is clear that part of the consideration when writing the zoning code was to make sure that the impact on industry and business on residents should be minimized, so that facilities with high levels of pollution (including light and noise) should be located in a manner to have minimum impact on residents,” the lawsuit states.