Owner withdraws zoning request for Murrysville Golf Course

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

The owner of Murrysville Golf Course has withdrawn a request for officials to change the zoning of the property so developers could build 84 homes on the 137-acre property.

Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said Jim Geiger, general manager of the golf course, called Tuesday to withdraw an application to change the golf course zoning from rural-residential to “R-1,” a designation that permits low-density development.

Geiger was not available for comment Wednesday. His attorney, Bill Sittig, said Geiger and his family agreed to pull the request.

Murrysville Council last week hosted a public hearing on the rezoning, which Geiger had requested in August. At that time, developer Richard Kacin submitted an advisory document that outlined a plan to turn the golf course into an 84-home housing development. Kacin does not have a formal agreement to buy the property from Geiger.

Last week, Geiger told council that he was requesting the rezoning because surrounding areas were zoned “R-1” and he believed the property should have received that designation in 2005, when municipal officials designated it rural-residential.

But Sittig told council there was more to the situation than just fixing what property owners believed was a municipal oversight.

“One of the things that the Geiger family doesn't want to talk about is that there has been a change in the golf business,” Sittig said last week. “Obviously, nobody has gotten rich doing it. I'm here for a family telling you that they need to do this to go on.”

Sittig Wednesday said that one fact that affected his client's decision was the reaction he received from municipal officials. Council last week commented primarily on Kacin's plans to develop the land, rather than the zoning request.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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