Glenmoor Golf Course – South Jordan

Glenmoor Golf Course

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Why is Glenmoor being sold?

Glenmoor Golf Course is privately owned. Because of a property owner dispute, a Court has ordered the sale of Glenmoor and any proceeds will be distributed to the owners.

Why is the City involved with a private property?

In the fall of 2017, it came to the City’s attention that a Court ordered the sale of Glenmoor and that it would likely be developed under its current zone or through a rezone to maximize value. Based on that information the City took action to delay possible development of Glenmoor at that time. Based on the City’s action the property owners threatened to sue the City. Since the fall of 2017 the City has met with the Court appointed Receiver.

Is the City shutting down Glenmoor?

No. A Court ordered the sale of Glenmoor. A Receiver was appointed to sell the property and the Receiver has asked the City about development. The City prefers that Glenmoor continue operating as a golf course and not be developed. However the City has the legal obligation to process any landowner development application.

Why is the City gathering resident input?

Due to the historic and unique nature of Glenmoor as private open space, the City Council wants to hear from residents throughout the City in order to make an informed decision.

Is the City bailing out the Golf Course?

No. Glenmoor is for sale because of a legal dispute between its owners. The City is considering purchase options to preserve the open space based on resident input.

Is Glenmoor Golf Course profitable?

Unknown. Glenmoor is a private business. In a public meeting one of the owners noted that Glenmoor’s operations break-even. The City’s understanding is that the current owners own the land outright so they have no land payments and that over the last several years they have chosen to defer maintenance costs resulting in the likelihood of a variety of deferred maintenance items that any subsequent owner would need to address.

Can a private entity create a park or other open space at Glenmoor?

Yes. Any purchaser could choose to keep the property as a golf course, convert it to a park, or, if development was approved by the City Council, include open space, such as a park or a modified golf course. In this case, the owners of the property would be responsible for its care and upkeep.

Can a private owner buy the Glenmoor Golf Course and keep it a golf course?

Yes. A private entity could buy Glenmoor and operate it as a golf course.

Options for Glenmoor Golf Course

Why are there only four options?

The four options presented represent the range of solutions the City Council is willing to consider.

Purchase Options

Why is the City considering buying Glenmoor Golf Course?

The City is considering buying Glenmoor due to resident input and its historic and unique nature as private open space.

Can Glenmoor be turned into a City park?

Yes. In addition to the purchase price, initial cost estimates are $100,000-$150,000 per acre to convert as a passive park. Annual maintenance cost is estimated at $4,000 per acre as a passive park.

Does the City need an additional park in this area?

No. The City and Salt Lake County are partners in developing the 160 acre Welby Regional Park which has been master planned, designed and received Phase I funding. This park is located directly west of Glenmoor on County-owned property. The City’s park masterplan never included Glenmoor as a public park.

If the City raised taxes to purchase Glenmoor, what would the taxes be used for?

The tax increase would pay for the purchase of the Glenmoor property to keep it as a golf course and pay for the deferred maintenance projects.

Development Options

Does the City make money if the Receiver/Owners develop the land?

No. The City’s role in any private development proposal is to review the proposal. Generally development fees and property taxes do not fully pay for the ongoing City services required for residential development (e.g. police, fire, streets, parks etc.).

Costs and Impacts

Is the cost to the City for the development option really $0.00?

Yes. The developer pays all costs related to the development including all fees and infrastructure. Upon completion and acceptance of the development the City is responsible for ongoing maintenance. The cost for ongoing maintenance of Glenmoor is not part of the $18 million dollar cost for purchase.

Will development at Glenmoor increase the traffic in the area?

Currently unknown, likely yes. The City is collecting traffic count information in the area. As with any proposed development, the developer would be required to perform a traffic study or assessment and mitigate any issues that may come out of the study

Will City service levels be affected if Glenmoor is developed?

Currently unknown, likely yes. As with any and all proposed developments, the City regularly evaluates demands on service levels (e.g. police, fire, streets, etc.) and will make recommendations accordingly.

How will development at Glenmoor affect school enrollment?

The Jordan School District is responsible for addressing growth-related impacts on schools. Any determination of the effect on school enrollment would have to be made by Jordan School District.

Density

What residential density has the Receiver/Owner proposed at Glenmoor?

The densities proposed by the Receiver/Owners are similar to those in Glenmoor and Glenmoor Greens. The Receiver/Owners have proposed a development option that includes a maximum of three (3) residential units per acre across 62 acres; a maximum of six (6) units per acre across 12 acres that would be reserved for possible senior age restricted housing; and open space across the existing back 9 holes of Glenmoor Golf Course.

What lot sizes would be put in if Glenmoor was developed?

Under the current A-1 zoning, lot sizes would be one acre or larger.

Under the combined residential and 9-hole course option, there could be a maximum of three (3) residential units per acre across 62 acres; a maximum of six (6) units per acre across 12 acres that would be reserved for possible senior age restricted housing.

What is the process of a rezone request?

After a rezone application is submitted to the City, the City notices by mail adjacent property owners and holds two public hearings. The first hearing would be with the Planning Commission and the second hearing would be with the City Council. After the public hearings the City Council would decide whether to approve or deny the rezone request.

Relevant Public Documents

The posting of these public documents does not constitute an official statement or legal representation about the golf course. The public documents are intended as a courtesy to interested residents.

If you want further information regarding the history and background of the disputing Glenmoor owners or the status of the current case you may request court documents from the 3rd District Court regarding Glenmoor Golf Course Inc. v. Schneiter, Case No. 120907709.

Please be aware that prior to any change in the use of the Glenmoor Golf Course property, State and City laws require public hearings and input. The City is committed to transparency and wants to assist interested residents in staying informed.