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  • Defunct Bayview Golf Course rezoning application withdrawn

  • An application to rezone a defunct golf course in Camden County to agricultural has been withdrawn.
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  • An application to rezone a defunct golf course in Camden County to agricultural has been withdrawn.
    Richard Leon Huxman and Michael Weigel, owners of the non-operational Bayview Golf Course in the Linn Creek area, rescinded their application to change the 110 acres of commercial park (P-2) zoning and 2.23 acres of undeveloped low density residential (R-1) zoning after a public hearing before the Camden County Planning Commission in May.
    The stated reason by Huxman for trying to rezone the patchwork of 12 parcels to A-1 was to lower the property tax bill on the property.
    However, planning commission chair Jerry Carroll explained that rezoning to A-1 would not necessarily mean that the county assessor would lower the assessment rate on the property to the state's 12 percent agricultural rate.
    The property was not being used for farming, and Huxman indicated no interest in turning it into actual farm land.
    The golf course holes are also already assessed at the residential rate of 19 percent, according to Carroll, not the commercial rate of 32 percent. The only real savings, he said, would be on the lone structure on the property — a maintenance building — which is assessed at the commercial rate.
    The case was tabled in May for the June 18 planning commission meeting. The rezoning application was not amended immediately following the May meeting, but was withdrawn later.
    No further applications for the acreage have been made with the Camden County P&Z Office, and it is again unclear what will happen with the property.
    According to Huxman, they purchased the 112.23 acres as an investment after the high-end golf course had become bank-owned in the midst of the recession and housing crisis a few years ago.
    Since then, Huxman and Weigel have not operated the property as a golf course, but have just held it for sale. Huxman said they have no intention of running the course themselves.
    The residents that do live on the course protested the rezoning as they had purchased their homes with the understanding that it would be a golf course community, and would like to see it return as a course.
    They as well as other residents in the neighborhood of the course also expressed concern that the agricultural zoning would open the property to a farming operation, impacting property values.
    According to the P&Z Staff Report, the tracts in question are bounded by R-1 on all four sides with a small parcel of general commercial (B-2) property to the north and a small B-2 parcel to the east. The report characterized the overall area as R-1.
    The Future Development Map identifies the property as Rural Open Space.
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