Not much sense in having first option on a parcel of land that in the end will not be utilised unless the rest of the course gets rezoned for residential. I suppose the developer may be prepared to wait up to 5 years in the hope that there are massive changes to council members and a rethink on their current practices. But one would think any developer would want a better indication of his outlay paying future dividends than a possible maybe. Capital may also get a better option in that time frame as well. The wheel just keeps on spinning.
Apparently the same developer already purchased a small lot of land from Rossdale some years ago and has developed it. So he might be prepared to take a punt on another small lot on the edge of the course or might have an indication that they are likely to approve that for development even if they say no to the rest of the course.
FWIW, if push came to shove, I think that the council would take a different position in relation to the RGC land and would permit development. It is literally just next door to extensive existing wetlands which are never going to be developed and will remain recreational land, so there is no real argument that it is necessary to retain recreational facilities. And you'd have to think that all of those new ratepayers would be a fairly attractive proposition rather than a golf course going broke.
It will, however, take forever for them to turn around on it, and they would want to make sure that any other potential golf course re-zonings were dealt with before they permitted it.
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