Rocklin Golf Club Negotiations End in Status Quo
Discussions have ended between the City of Rocklin and the owner of the former Rocklin Golf Club to identify an opportunity for the currently vacant land parcel. The absence of an agreement will leave the property vacant indefinitely, off-limits to public access, but still subject to maintenance and weed-abatement ordinances.
The Rocklin Golf Club was closed in August 2015 due to financial troubles. Since the closure, the land has suffered from reduced maintenance, trespass, and vandalism; leading surrounding residents to request City assistance to identify a long-term solution for the property.
Over the past few months, the City and the owner have engaged in a series of conversations seeking a solution that could provide peace of mind for area residents and business opportunities for the owner. The process included two public meetings attended by hundreds of residents and multiple communication forums via phone, email, and social media.
Those participating in the process – many adjacent property owners – voiced strong support for leaving the property “as is.” Fewer supported minimal development coupled with a land dedication to the City, or an outright purchase of the land for open-space preservation. Ultimately, the terms under consideration were simply too far apart with no possibility for a compromise. The City is disappointed the negotiations did not result in a lasting benefit for all involved.
The owner indicates plans to fence and secure the property to protect against further trespass, vandalism, and liability exposure. The City plans to work with the owner to ensure compliance with weed-abatement requirements and other applicable ordinances.