VIA SBINSIDER | September 30th
The HOA1 board entertained a proposal for a walking path in the open space north of the gold driving range. The presentation was made by Bruce Landeck on behalf the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club. The club’s proposal stressed that the path was not designed for the hikers but for the residents and springs from the results of a resident’s survey that was taken earlier this year. In that survey, the 2nd most requested amenity was more walking paths inside the development. The Board ultimately voted 5-1 against the proposal.
In the presentation, Landeck showed outline of the path which would roughly be a triangle shape north of the driving range with a portion of the path leading south across Howlands Highway and then ending at East Rock Ridge Drive. Parking would be in the cul de sac of South Copper Ridge Court or on South Boulder Ridge Drive. (see image above)
In response, board member Char Crossman was the most vigorously opposed in her remarks due to traffic concerns, noise for nearby residents and impact on wildlife. About a half-dozen residents also spoke vehemently against the path, echoing Crossman’s concerns and the impact on their homes in particular. Board Chairman Jim Daily offered a bit of history of past walking path proposals, which also were met with stiff resident resistance, due to location or other factors. and were not adopted. One wag in the audience asked if the Hiking Club had approached HOA2, to a titter of laughs.
The Hiking Club’s proposal was to use existing common area bare spots, below the ridge and sight lines of nearby residents’ homes, as much as possible to preserve the natural environment. So, in the abstract, everyone says they want walking trails but not near their particular house.
At present, because the path outlined is in the HOA common area, there is are no restrictions for residents who want to walk that area.