Springtown Golf Course Reuse
Springtown Open Space
In October 2015, the latest management company operating the Springtown Golf Course notified the City that it was ceasing operations. In December 2015, the City Council directed staff to proceed with a master planning process to convert the Springtown Golf Course to open space, and to include Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District in that process. The City Council also directed staff to prepare an initiative for the voters to affirm the existing open space designation in the City’s General Plan for the Properties.
The City and LARPD have drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines the various major tasks, responsibilities and work-products expected of the City and LARPD. The City will contribute up to $250,000.00 to fund a Master Plan consultant for LARPD. The Request for Proposal was posted by LARPD on Friday, July 15, 2016. The submission deadline was Friday, August 12, 2016.
The master planning project is intended to identify a mix of open space or recreation options for the Properties that would be acceptable to the community. The project shall include the retention and oversight of a consultant to:
Conduct a needs assessment regarding open space, recreation or educational uses, including a review of existing reports or information as well as interviews with LARPD, LVJUSD and City staff;
Identify a mix of open space or recreation options for the properties;
Engage the community, including adjacent stakeholders and northeast Livermore residents to obtain input on the potential options;
Identify the improvements necessary to implement the options;
Provide reasonable estimates of one time and ongoing costs to develop, operate and maintain (including replacement costs) the open space or recreation options; and,
Develop a phased implementation plan for the preferred option to match the timing and amount of available funding as well as required land-use approvals or other project constraints;
Develop and deliver a final master plan report for consideration by the City and LARPD.
At the July 25, 2016 City Council meeting, Council gave approval for a measure to be placed before the voters on the November 8, 2016 ballot to Preserve the Open Space Designation in the General Plan for the Springtown Golf Course. The land is already zoned as Open Space, the ballot measure ensures that a future council can not change the zoning without another vote of the people. For more information on this issue see: www.northlivermorecommunityalliance.org