Topgolf faces another familiar hurdle in Thornton range plans

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Golfers at Top Golf aim at targets that read the balls’ location. (Aaron Kremer)

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.

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Brooks
Brooks
4 years ago

I strongly dislike a lot of people in this Metro. Against growth due to it ruining there life. People cities expand and grow, then they build new attractions in these areas. It’s how this whole things goes. Get overselves and deal with it.

Albert Gaumond
Albert Gaumond
4 years ago

Top Golf in Myrtle Beach when is coming can’t wait

Ronda
Ronda
4 years ago

I’d rather see a golf course than more apartments, condos, townhomes. Lets all be smart about this (DON’T) build house’s around the golf course!, or don’t put a golf course in a middle of a neighborhood, because your only asking for trouble. Just be smart about all of this and think of others, not how much money your going to be putting in your pocket. Us planted Colorado people are tired of our land being torn up for structures. I would rather see a park for children and families instead of a gold course.