- Conservation easement governs allowable uses at PHGC
- Represents joint agreement between private landowner and City
- Only allowable use: regulation-length, 18-hole, daily-fee golf course and driving range
- The easement expressly forbids other land uses that limits the ability of a full golf course to exist on site
- The only way to have new public parks and new housing is to lift the easement
- City-wide public vote to lift the easement is now required due to passage of Initiative 301 in 2021
What does the Conservation Easement allow?
|What’s allowed at this 155-acre site?||Easement stays in place||Easement lifted|
|Regulation length, 18-hole golf course|
|New parks and green spaces for the community & city|
|New outdoor recreation facilities (like football and soccer fields, indoor and outdoor courts, fieldhouse)|
|New high-quality rental & for-sale permanently affordable housing|
|New housing for seniors, families, existing residents|
Why Lift the Conservation Easement?
Since 1997, a legal document called a “conservation easement” has required the 155-acre site to be used as a regulation-length, 18-hole, daily-fee golf course and driving range.
- Denver doesn’t need another golf course — but it urgently needs 100+ acres for new public parks & open spaces and high-quality rental and for-sale homes.
- Developer’s proposal to repurpose this land reflects 18 months of community input, and is guided by the requirements in the City’s draft Small Area Plan.
- Meets or exceeds City’s goals and policies for affordable housing, equity, sustainability, climate action & mobility.
- Lifting (or extinguishing) the easement requires City Council and voter approval under Initiative 301, in compliance with state and local laws.
Why Not Keep It a Park?
- The easement expressly forbids other land uses that are inconsistent with this requirement, including an all-park scenario.
- Because the current conservation easement restricts any use other than a golf course, this land can never be turned into a park unless and until the easement is lifted.
- A private landowner — not the City of Denver — owns this land.
- The City of Denver has repeatedly and consistently said it cannot afford to purchase or maintain the park.