Plano to Reroute Controversial Golf Course Trail

City, homeowners compromise over trail

By Catherine Ross
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:21 PM CDT
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Plano to Reroute Controversial Trail

The city of Plano and residents near Chase Oaks Golf Course have reached a compromise over a proposed walking and biking trail connector.

To connect hundreds of miles of the trail system, the Parks and Recreation Department had proposed expanding an existing path while the course was under renovation.

Instead, the city plans to look at rerouting the trail connection in front of homes on Water Oak Drive.

“We will not be building the trail at this time on the golf course property,” said Renee Jordan, with Plano Parks and Recreation.

Several local bicyclist organizations supported the original idea, but people with property adjacent to the planned trail were concerned about pedestrian safety, personal privacy and a potential increase in crime.

After months of back and forth between, Robert Buss said he is still shocked the city would even propose adding a pedestrian walking and biking trail connector to the area.

“How they could even think that the residents of a quiet neighborhood like this would want total strangers having access to their property?” he said.

Jordan said homeowners suggested widening the sidewalk to keep their backyards private while still facilitating the city’s desire to link its trail system.

“It’s a reasonable alternative,” she said.

She said the city also decided to look at a new route when it realized the original trail site might be too close to the Chase Oaks fairway, putting pedestrians in the line of fire from errant golf balls.

Buss said he worries the issue will come up for discussion again down the road.

“It seems to be a temporary victory, but we have to remain cautious,” he said.

In the meantime, the city of Plano said it would next look at how the changes to the route would affect the project’s budget.

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