The Crofton Country Club can build chain-link fences where its golf course abuts public roads in the community, but only if they are black, vinyl-coated fences that stand no more than 5 feet high.
That tentative compromise, worked out last week, should settle a civil suit that the Crofton Civic Association filed against the country club to try to stop construction of the fences.
The country club has been planning for the past several months to build five pairs of fences around the course, which runs through communities and along roads, to prevent vandalism. But those plans were put on hold when the civic association filed suit in Circuit Court, arguing that a chain link fence would not meet community land use standards.
Under the agreement to settle the suit, poles and supporting structures for the chain link fence must also be painted black, said Fred Sussman, attorney for the civic association.
In addition, the fence will be 5 feet high, Town Manager Jordan Harding said yesterday. And it should be built between 10 and 20 feet from the roadways.
"Shrubbery has to be planted in places where ever it's exposed to the public view, and there are other setback and maintenance requirements," he added.
Mr. Harding said the civic association's three-member architectural review board, Becky Daniels, George Gardner and Robert Duckworth, have agreed to the compromise between the two sides.
Mr. Harding said that the agreement is aimed at meeting two needs: for the fencing to be architecturally compatible with the surrounding area, and to ensure that the country club president, Bill Berkshire, may put up some kind of fencing to protect the property.
"The issue was that he's entitled as much as possible to prevent his property from being vandalized, and this will at least help keep vehicular traffic off of it, and things like that," Mr. Harding said.