All operations at Scales Creek Country Club will halt after July 31. Equity Partners IV, LLC, plans to end its operations at the club, despite any action taken on its rezoning application.
The Homer Planning Commission met Thursday and denied the application to rezone the 325-acre property from Planned Unit Development to Agricultural. While no representatives from Equity Partners IV, LLC, were in attendance, they faxed a letter to City Hall.
"ERP IV, LLC, understands that the golf course is a great asset to Banks County and the town of Homer," read the letter. "However, after several years of working in good faith to allow the golf course to continue to operate ERP IV, LLC, has determined this is no longer a viable option and will cease operations on August 1, 2014."
The letter also states there have been no proposals made.
"We have talked," said a representative of the Homeowners Association. "There are several proposals being discussed but none have been acknowledged."
Members from the newly established Homeowners Association compiled a list of why they think the application should be denied.
Some of the stated reasons included loss of residential housing development, city school taxes, property taxes and value in the homes. Other reasons included the loss of the hold course for the high school golf team, loss of event pavilion, swimming pool and tennis courts.
Despite denying the rezoning application, James Dumas, chairman of the commission, says there's nothing they can do to keep the company from closing the club down.
"When this was being built, I never dreamed we'd be in this position," said Dumas.
Dumas also said he has spoken with several entities about purchasing the property, including the county, but has not seen any interest.
"Everybody wants to save it," said Dumas. "But nobody wants to put their neck out."