Brown Township, Franklin County
Discourage development in the district
Not extend the Big Run subtrunk or any other centralized sewer facilities to serve any portion of the district
Not extend water distribution facilities into the district
Support the efforts of Brown and Prairie Townships to preserve open space and discourage high density development within the district
Support the creation of a Metro Park along Big Darby Creek in Brown Township
Cooperate with current and future efforts to preserve the environmental quality of the Big Darby watershed
Recently, you may have received a letter from Mr. Ray Graves, vice President of FoxFire Golf Club, about a proposal for a public golf course and single family development on Amity Road in Brown Township. This project would be on the East Side of Amity Road at the end of Beach Road and within 1200 feet of the national and state scenic river, the Big Darby.
Mr. Graves has given us an estimate of approximately 25,000 to 26,000 persons per season playing the course. In addition, 120 single family homes would be clustered towards the middle of the course on less than ½-acre lots utilizing a common community well and an on-site sewage treatment plant. A clubhouse with a bar, which would be rented for wedding receptions, parties, etc., would be located on the northern end of the course near a public swimming pool and associated parking lot.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission tells us the average family makes 10 trips a day to and from their home. That, in itself, creates 1,200 extra vehicles on Amity Road daily. Mr. Graves says tee times are 10 minutes apart. That is at least 1 car, possibly 4, every 10 minutes. In a clubhouse with a liquor license, will there be designated drivers? Now, consider the already heavy truck traffic along Amity Road at speeds exceeding 55 miles per hour. We must also consider dangerous curves, school busses and the bicyclists. Additional police protection by the Franklin County Sheriff will certainly become an issue.
The Darby Creek Advocate tells us the course will be constructed along 2 intermittent tributaries of the Big Darby Creek. They also tell us that according to the Watershed Protection Techniques, summer 1994: "… the average farm uses 184 lbs. per acre of nitrogen fertilizer, 5.8 lbs. of herbicide and 5.8 lbs. of pesticide per year. The average golf course applies to its greens: 213 lbs. of nitrogen fertilizer, 10.4 lbs. of herbicide and 45.1 lbs. of pesticides". This is a significant increase to a national scenic waterway.
In a booklet titled Protecting the Aquatic Environment from the Effects of Golf Courses, when screening potential sites for a golf course, characteristics should include:
The layout of the course will permit a wooded buffer of at least 100 feet in width along all streams, wetlands, lakes, ponds or other waterways.
Extremely sensitive species of aquatic life, such as trout, shellfish, striped bass or rare, threatened or endangered species are not located downstream or in the area affected by the site.
Parking lots, buildings and other impervious surfaces are sited on silos, which are suitable for the infiltration of stormwater.
It should also be noted that there are 5 golf courses within 10-20 minutes of this proposed public course:
Heritage Golf Club, private
Bolton Field Learning Center, public
Raymond Memorial Golf Course, public
National Road Golf Course, public
Thornapple Country Club, public
Clearly, there may not be a public course of this quality in the Hilliard area, but do we need one in Brown Township? If there is irreparable harm to the Big Darby because of the effects of this course, what can we do then? Once the homes are built and the traffic comes, it will be too late.
Think about this: "A watershed is an area of land that drains to a given point. Water from your land drains to small tributaries that flow into larger streams that flow into the Darbys. NO matter where you live in this watershed, the choices you make may affect the water in the rest of the watershed. We are all a part of this system". The Darby Book
Contact your elected county commissioners and voice your opinion about the proposed Amity Road Golf Course Community and the Hilliard Annexation into Brown Township
Commissioner Dorothy S. Teater 462-5589 373 South High St.
Commissioner Arlene Shoemaker 462-5729 Columbus, OH 43215
Commissioner Dewey R. Stokes 462-3461 FAX (614) 462-5999