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Brightside Farm

Brightside Farm - Golf Course Plan

At the October 18, 1999 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, General Residential Properties proposed to combine the 55 acre Brightside Farm tract with the 94 acre Deerfield tract and construct a golf course. The following description of the presentation is excerpted from the official minutes of that Board meeting:
Private Golf Course: John Panizza, President of General Residential Properties Inc., began by explaining that his company currently owns the 94 acre "Deerfield" tract across the street from the Brightside Farm and Township's 20.6 acre site. He proposed to purchase the 55 acres from the School District, and combine them with his existing 94 acres to design an 18 hole championship golf course. Twelve to fifteen condominium style homes would be developed in three dwelling groups on the combined tracts. They would be hidden by slopes in order to protect the viewshed. Three to four acres would be set aside for the Township's use, possibly for a community garden. A donation to the Open Space Fund would be provided with no restrictions on its use. A golf course would require no funding from the Township and would remain in the tax base without adding to the student count at the Great Valley School District.
As part of the presentation, Mr. Panizza displayed a sketch of the proposed golf course layout. Mr. Panizza provided a copy of that layout for this web site and it is shown below. I have added dark red lines to clarify the roads to help readers orient themselves. That's Valley Hill Rd. coming in on the left in red, Yellow Springs Road running vertically, and Hollow Road branching off to the right in the lower right corner. The three light tan color zones are the three "dwelling groups" sites for the 12-15 condominium style homes. A much larger (791 x 677 pixels, 188 kb) and unmodified image of the sketch is available by clicking here.
 
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