Issues

Issues

 

Ahwatukee Farms vs.  Lakes Golf Course

An even-handed look at the debate that has divided Ahwatukee

True Life Cos. and Ahwatukee Farms supporters:

Save the Lakes Ahwatukee and its supporters:

Changing demographics and consumer tastes have made golf an unprofitable business. Golf remains a popular pastime and the Lakes course can be profitable with golf-oriented management.
If a golf course cannot be operated profitably, then the land needs to be re-purposed. Many golf consultants say the Lakes has assets that would give it a leg up on competition. If golf were unfeasible on the land, the choices are not limited to in-fill houses or golf.
Development would increase economic activity and raise property values. No impartial evidence has been offered; many factors interplay to establish home prices. Increased density usually LOWERS property values.
Development would eliminate an eyesore in the community. Irresponsible stewardship of the course made it an eyesore; opponents of land speculation did not create an eyesore.
Community-supported agriculture is a hot development strategy and would bring visitors and money to Ahwatukee. If community agriculture is such a visitor draw, then True Life has been misleading about how little traffic impact Ahwatukee Farms would have.
Ahwatukee Farms would be beautiful and relaxing. The artist’s renderings may be attractive, but the illustrations omit any element that might not be appealing, such as traffic and parking.
The CC&Rs don’t make sense economically. The land in the Lakes and Country Club courses has been protected by restrictions on development since 1994.
The community would benefit from rising real estate prices and increased economic activity. The Lakes course is a community asset established for the benefit of the nearby residents. True Life is offering the community no compensation for the potential loss of an asset.
True Life says traffic and flooding dangers will be mitigated. True Life and Wilson Gee stand to make millions from the deal, while the community will be left with increased risk of flooding, loss of recreational opportunities and more traffic.