The City Council set a June 19 public hearing for a proposal to change the Indian Hills Golf Course planned unit development and allow construction of a restaurant at the neighborhood entrance.
Two acres would be used for a “high-quality, sit-down” eatery just south of Calumet Lane, requiring elimination of the par-4 12th-hole tee box and movement of the tees closer to houses, according to the owners’ plan. Such a shift would turn the hole into a par 3 over a pond.
The Murfreesboro Planning Commission approved the request at a May 7 meeting and sent it to the City Council for consideration.
But the request brought such opposition at a Dec. 4, 2013 public hearing before city planners that they asked golf course owners to meet with neighborhood residents to “enhance understanding of the application” and find alternatives that could alleviate concerns about the restaurant’s impact. The matter was deferred at that point, and the owners met with neighbors in January at the Indian Hills clubhouse.
Golf course owners agreed to commit to these requirements, according to project engineer Bill Huddleston:
1. Restricted covenants would be drafted, by the City Council’s second reading, prohibiting any further commercial development along South Church Street through changes in the Indian Hills planned unit development.
2. Monument signs and landscaping areas at the Calumet main entrance would be deeded to the Homeowners’ Association.
3. An existing berm and trees on the entrance’s north side would be extended west to screen the proposed restaurant from the closest residence.
Golf course owners asked that action on the proposed amendment be postponed to allow the Homeowners’ Association time to raise dues to fund golf course debt so the restaurant project wouldn’t be necessary.
“This raising of the dues was not successful, so we now would like our proposed PUD amendment to continue through the process,” Huddleston wrote in a letter to Planning Director Joseph Aydelott.
Indian Hills Golf Course owners previously said they needed to construct a restaurant at the neighborhood entrance to help lower their debt in order to keep the course running.
Neighbors, however, have said the restaurant would change the character of the course and neighborhood too much.
They also have contended that the course has been mismanaged and the restaurant is being used as a way to recoup financial losses.