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Golf Course Drive residents want answers about development

Ally Brown

Herald Staff Writer

Norton residents attended the city’s council committee work session Monday evening to voice their concerns regarding the Brookside Greens development.

For context, Brookside Greens is a $98.9 million housing development by Ryan Homes that was approved by the council. What was once the Barberton Brookside Country Club golf course is now being converted into 308 single-family homes right off Greenwich Road. This would require five homes per acre and residents have already expressed their concerns about the urbanization of the area. These concerns include an increase in traffic and a high-density population in an area that used to be wide open with beautiful naturalistic views. 

Residents feel as though they have not received answers to their questions the past few months and the council members do not seem to know much about the development planning. Golf Course Drive resident Deborah Pfeiffer has attended and expressed her concerns about Brookside Greens for the past few weeks. Specifically at the May 16 meeting, Pfeiffer mentions that Golf Course Drive residents want to know what is going to happen in phase three of the development, as this phase will be directly in front of their houses. She has heard rumors that the drainage mound system originally proposed is no longer possible. There has been additional talk about a mixed-use district and the residents want to know what this will entail. 

Pfeiffer stood in front of the council and voiced her concerns May 9 and again May 16, saying,  “There are some other issues that I think that need to be talked about for the residents on Golf Course Drive before this gets further ahead. The residents… we want reassurance that council is going to support the provisions that were made in the TIF agreement… and that everything that you promised us for our road and our safety features will be provided.”

This time around, Pfeiffer brought her husband and encouraged other Golf Course Drive residents to speak at the council meeting as well. Despite the residents’ continuing concerns, council members do not have the answers that residents are looking for and Administrative Officer Robert Fowler, who is responsible for building and zoning permits, was not present at the meeting.


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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous on May 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    That little weiner hasn’t worked a job requiring a hard hat his whole life. Acme doesn’t require hard hats.

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