Chapman Law Review


"California is in desperate need of housing. 1 To address the former and underused golf courses. For example, the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego, California is being transformed into a mixed-use development and is expected to offer 930 apartment homes by 2025. 2 However, most attempts at transforming golf courses into housing are not as successful. A developer who wanted to build 443 residences on the Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, California, sued the city of La Habra based on allegations that the city unlawfully blocked the project. 3 Likewise, projects to build thirty-nine homes in Orange, California, on the former Ridgeline golf course and discussions to build affordable housing on Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana, California, have come to a complete halt. 4 Plenty of barriers must be removed in order to enable the success of these types of development projects—projects that transform old or unused golf courses into housing for a housing-starved population. One such barrier is conservation easements. 5"



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