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Homes will cover Cedar Links

Golf course will make way for mixed-use community ' with up to 460 residences ' within seven years

Cindy and Bob Sharp built a house with a view.

We bought the lot for that right there, said Bob Sharp, pointing out a spectacular view up fairway 15 toward Roxy Ann Peak.

The Sharps, who live on Kerrisdale Ridge Drive, were among an estimated 100 property owners who attended a neighborhood meeting Wednesday to learn that an 18-hole golf course will soon become a 460-home mixed-use community as Cedar Links Golf Club becomes the Cedar Landing development.

After 32 years, Cedar Links, which has been owned and managed by the Jantzer family, is changing, and tee boxes will give way to townhouses.

We'd like to get started sometime next year, said Jason Jantzer, adding that the plan is to eventually convert the entire 122-acre, 18-hole golf course to housing and commercial use.

— But with a variety of housing and commercial space, and 25 acres of open space ' including 2.5 miles of walking paths and five existing ponds frequented by geese and ducks ' the community will be unique, he said.

It's my opinion that this is such an innovative project that it can't help but enhance the neighborhood, he said.

Cedar Links opened in 1972 ' built, owned and operated by Monty Jantzer. Monty, along with his wife Theresa and their three sons Jason, Travis and Kelley, manage and operate the public golf course.

Dennis Hoffbuhr, the project's planner, is developing the plan, which is roughly for 220 single-family homes, 150 retirement units, 50 townhouses and 40 condominiums. The plan also includes about 50,000 square feet of office space and 33,000 square feet of retail space.

It's all relatively small commercial spaces broken up into small buildings, he said.

Past projects of Hoffbuhr's include the 160-acre Vista Pointe development on Hillcrest Road and the Eagle Trace development in east Medford.

He said Cedar Landing, which could take five to seven years to complete, will have a broad range of housing prices up to about &

36;600,000 or more, although he wasn't sure where the prices would start.

Cedar Landing is similar to the southeast Medford plan, a 1,000-acre planned community of about 5,000 homes and 10,000 residents east of North Phoenix Road near Barnett Road. Hoffbuhr also has been involved in that project, which already has broken ground on its first phases.

Hoffbuhr said Cedar Landing still has to go through a public hearing process and review; he will have to conduct a traffic- impact study, among other requirements. Some of the land will have to be rezoned for commercial and multi-family housing uses.

We're going to be making our application to the city sometime in the next month, said Hoffbuhr. It'll probably take four months ... next summer sometime we'll probably begin construction.

He said they plan to shut down the back-nine portion of the course (the half that is south of Cedar Links Drive) in 2005 and leave the front nine open for at least another year.

Amy Steinberg, who lives on Sycamore Way, adjacent to the back nine, said she and her husband, Chuck, didn't buy their house strictly because of the golf course, but it was a bonus.

It's very difficult to give up what we've had for 16 years, said Steinberg, adding that along with her children, Sarah and Nathan, the family spends a lot of time in their back yard next to the golf course.

The Steinbergs might consider moving, especially if there's going to be years of noisy construction, but she said it was too soon to say.

Still, with the planned green strip next to her back yard, the area will remain attractive, she said.

The Sharps said they don't blame the Jantzers for wanting to subdivide the property. In fact, they knew before they purchased the property that the golf course was zoned for four single-family homes per acre, meaning the 122 acres could hold more than 400 homes.

Anybody that did their homework could see it's zoned for development, he said.

Medford appraiser Roy Wright said golf course frontage has varying effects on property values, depending on the location.

You pay a premium for golf course frontage in Eagle Point and Medford ... , he said, but I've never seen anyone pay a premium (for golf course frontage) in Ashland.

Wright doesn't have any statistics to support concerns that property values around the east Medford golf course will decline. However, he personally understands that fear of property value loss is a big concern for those residents.

It would be if I owned it, he said.

Bob Sharp?s view of Cedar Links Golf Course will change dramatically as soon as next summer if the property owners? plans for more than 460 homes meet city approval. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Mail Tribune Bob Pennell