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Rocklin City Council denies appeal for more development near golf course

Rocklin Golf Club owner Charlie Gibson wants to build 38 homes over roughly five acres on his 187-acre course.
Rocklin Golf Club owner Charlie Gibson wants to build 38 homes over roughly five acres on his 187-acre course. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Rocklin Golf Club owner Charlie Gibson is considering the club’s future after Rocklin City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to deny an appeal to build more residential properties near the golf course.

The vote, which came after four hours of discussion and comments from community members, prevents Gibson from building 38 new homes on 5 acres adjacent to the course. Gibson, whose son Cole manages the property, previously said he would be forced to close nine of the golf course’s 18 holes if the vote did not go in his favor.

Opponents of the development, many of whom belong to Friends of Open Space, were worried the added construction would cut into natural land in the surrounding neighborhood. People were also concerned their property values would drop if new homes obstructed views of the golf course.

Those in favor of the new homes didn’t want to see the club, commonly referred to by its old name of Sunset Whitney, converted to a nine-hole course or closed altogether.

“The council didn’t see a reason why they would want to approve a rezone based off of what was presented” Tuesday, Rocklin Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Leslie Woodman said. “They weren’t sure rezoning would solve the issues and problems the golf club was facing.”

The Rocklin Building Division denied Gibson’s previous request to develop the homes, which Gibson said would have brought in needed funding.

Gibson, a PGA professional, also owns Wildhorse Golf Club in Davis and Morgan Creek Golf and Country Club in Roseville.

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