A proposal to build million-dollar homes next to west Omaha’s Shadow Ridge Country Club is running into stiff opposition from the golf course’s neighbors.
Shadow Ridge owners and real estate developer Jason Lanoha want to build 28 homes on mostly unused land between the country club and Pacific Street at 188th Street. They say the lots would sell for about $200,000 and the homes for about $800,000 — luxury homes designed for people who want to live next to a championship golf course and country club and can afford to do so.
Some of the houses would be 2,100-square-foot ranch homes, and some would be 1½ stories and 2,700 square feet, not counting garages, said Larry Jobeun, attorney for the developers. They would be “very nice,” with strict restrictions on architecture and materials, he said.
Lanoha said they would fit with trends away from large “McMansions” to houses that are smaller but well-appointed.
Nick Shanahan, son of course founder and owner Steve Shanahan, said the club has invested millions of dollars into golf course improvements since the fall. He said the development “is part of our plan to make Shadow Ridge the best it can be.”
The land on which the homes would be built is technically part of the golf course now. But most of it is not being used for golf at all. The development would include a portion of the Shadow Ridge driving range.
The plan cleared the first hurdle of the government approval process Wednesday. The Omaha Planning Board voted 6-1 to recommend that the City Council approve a zoning change and the preliminary plat, a general outline of the plan. The proponents will have to return with more specific plans, a final plat. The Planning Board also postponed a vote on a part of the plan that would reduce the amount of parking at the club.
Judging by Wednesday’s three-hour Planning Board hearing, it looks like the plan has some rough to go through before it becomes reality.
Some of the people who now live near the golf course don’t like the idea. A dozen homeowners from The Ridges and Cherry Ridge lined up to tee off on the proposal. One of them, Robert Campbell, said 140 people had signed a petition opposing it.
Neighbors said the development would directly block some people’s view of the golf course, detract from others’ general views of the course, force more traffic through their neighborhood streets and cause more errant golf balls to fly into the neighborhood.
“We see this as a detriment to the neighborhood,” Campbell said.
His wife, Jennifer Campbell, said they live on a golf course lot that they “worked really hard to buy.” Their view would be blocked, she said.
“I’m a nurse,” Campbell said. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
Debbie Lutton, who said her family’s home was the third built in The Ridges, said there was never a plan to build more houses near the golf course. She and other homeowners said they had reason to expect that more homes would not be built.
Neighbors said they heard that the Shadow Ridge entrance from Pacific Street would be closed, forcing drivers to approach through neighborhood streets. Jobeun said the Pacific Street entrance “will never be closed. In our view, it is the main entrance to the golf course and country club.”
Board member Mike Pate, who made the motion to approve the zoning change, urged both sides to communicate and to compromise. Ultimately, he said, they will have to resolve it as neighbors.