Advisory Plan Commission forwards development plan for new golf course Birdies


By Noah Alatza

The Advisory Plan Commission held a June 4 meeting where it heard a development plan for Birdies, a 36-hole miniature golf course in Westfield. The course was originally expected to be completed in March. Owners Kevin and Jessica Lynch said they planned on opening the business as early as April.

However, their plans received opposition from the city council early last year. During a May 2017 council meeting, council member Joe Edwards said he “would rather not see a ‘Dollywood’-type theme near U.S 31 and (Ind.) 32.” He was joined by council member Cindy Spoljaric, who said, “(The) aesthetics of (the Ind.) 32 overlay must be considered. While this course looks nice in the summer, and in these photos, we need to think year-round.”

An overall development plan and primary plat review was requested for the golf course and 7,330-square-foot restaurant on 3 1/2 acres of land at the southwest corner of Ind. 32 and U.S. 31 at last month’s Advisory Plan Commission meeting.

The company had to come back to the plan commission to request final overall development plan and primary plat approval. The miniature golf course falls under the Oak Ridge planned unit development district.

A public hearing was held May 21, and the developer said it complies with all standards. The APC passed the new golf course unanimously onto city council at the June 4 meeting.

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