Leesburg could possibly be losing one of its three golf courses.
According to a report by the Washington Business Journal, Arlington-based developer Kettler Inc., which owns Village at Leesburg and purchased Goose Creek Golf Course in 2000, has submitted a 110.2-acre rezoning application to redevelop the golf course.
Of the 110 acres looking to be rezoned, the application states 82 acres be rezoned into office park and 27.9 acres of planned development housing.
The redevelopment would consist of an 132-room four-story hotel, a two-story 36,000-square-foot office building, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant, 33 detached homes and 125 townhomes.
It was also reported that 12.5 percent of the proposed living units would be classified as affordable housing.
It's not known at this time if the golf course will be completely taken out or it will be partially removed.
According to Van Armstrong, program manager for land uses for Loudoun County, the county accepted the rezoning application for referral processing July 31.
“There are multiple applications related to it. The three special exception land use requests are a golf course, hotel and restaurant,” Armstrong said. “It is our understanding that this project and the Village at Leesburg are not legally connected. We will treat this as a separate development project from the Village at Leesburg from a legal enforcement and processing standpoint.”
Calls to Kettler representatives for comment have not been returned.
Since the application has now been accepted, Armstrong acknowledged the project will go through an extensive review.
“It will go through a referral review that will specifically speak to whether our comprehensive plan, policies and land use designations agree with their proposal,” Armstrong said.
Bob Kettler, CEO of Kettler Inc., previously told the Business Journal in March that there was a growing demand for a hotel as well as age restricted housing, assisted living, more retail and unlimited housing.
It has been rumored that Kettler since early 2013, was looking at redeveloping the property.
According to Armstrong, the application will go through a development review involving staff referral reviews, proffers will be developed by the applicant and any outstanding issues will be worked out. The proposal will then be taken forward to two public hearings, one before the planning commission and one before the Board of Supervisors for action.