AZ developer backs off plans for Agri-hood, but will “small” golf course stay?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to a report in Ahwatukee Foothills News, the future of the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes golf course and country club remains in limbo. Owner of the golf course, The True Life Companies (TTLC), has failed to convince a majority of homeowners to amend covenants to allow the overgrown golf course to be transformed into an agrihood. But that does not mean that owners fighting to restore the 18-hole Continue ReadingAZ developer backs off plans for Agri-hood, but will “small” golf course stay?

Food for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   By now it’s no secret that association-governed communities planned around a golf course are not as appealing to home buyers as they were 20 years ago. The number of golf players has been decreasing over the past decade, and most experts have opined that, at most, 20-40% of homeowners are committed golf club members in their communities. Generally, low membership levels do not generate enough revenue to keep Continue ReadingFood for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

Ahwatukee homeowners not buying into the concept of community farm

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I cannot say I am surprised by the following report. Opposition is mounting for a proposal to transform one of Arizona’s massive planned golf communities, Ahwatukee, to a community based farm. What is it that possesses an elite group of real estate developers and community planners to follow the latest lifestyle fads? We can already see how well the Golf Community fad has worked out. Less than a generation Continue ReadingAhwatukee homeowners not buying into the concept of community farm

Debate over Agrihood vs. restoration of Ahwatukee golf course (AZ)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In one large-scale homeowners association in Arizona’s desert, there’s a contentious debate over whether or not the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course and Country Club can be redeveloped as an Agrihood. An Agrihood is a planned community centered around a working farm with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Property owners would be encouraged to participate in the CSA, and, in return, would have access to fresh and local foods produced Continue ReadingDebate over Agrihood vs. restoration of Ahwatukee golf course (AZ)