Breakthrough Seen In Standoff Over Country Club Fence

Modified Planspresented To Civic Association, Manager Says

April 21, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

The owner of the Crofton Country Club has modified his plans to erect chain link fences where public roads abut greens and fairways, the community's town manager says.

But Jordan Harding would not identify those modifications. The Crofton Civic Association's board of directors discussed the proposal during a closed-door meeting last week and referred the matter to its attorney.

Harding would only say a settlement proposal was discussed. "There is a slight modification (in plans)," he said.

The association sued the country club in February, claiming that a proposed series of 6-foot fences, ranging from 263 to 495 feet long, would be incompatible with the community. The suit says the club did not get the required approval from the Architectural Review Committee.

The club wantsto build the fences to prevent vandalism. The 18-hole course, surrounded by the circular Crofton Parkway, is intermixed with communities and public roads.

"The Crofton golf course has traditionally been subject to vandalism," the club's lawyer, Anthony Christhilf, said inFebruary. "It intertwines with the community. It is so open and vulnerable."

In court papers, Christhilf argued that the review committee gave the required approval, but says the board of directors intervined and shot down the plans. He said the committee's approval is all that is required.

Christhilf said last week that he does not know anything about a settlement offer, but said the club's owner, Bill Berkshire, met with several board members two weeks ago to discuss the dispute.

"I don't know if that involved anything different than the original design," he said.

Harding confirmed that Berkshire did meet with the members of the Architectural Review Committee, and said that is where the settlement proposal was born. He said the board,in last week's meeting, did not take a position on the offer.

Theattorney representing Crofton in the suit, Frederick Sussman, was onvacation and could not be reached for comment.

Christhilf said hehopes the meeting between Berkshire and the committee has positive results. "I would like to put this thing to bed," he said.

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