Aurora, home builder reach agreement on water for new golf course that could be city’s last

After 10 months of deliberations, the increasingly water-frugal city of Aurora has reached a tentative settlement with a Denver developer over irrigation at what Mayor Mike Coffman hopes will be the city’s last new golf course.

The agreement, which still needs to be approved by the Aurora City Council, includes a grandfather clause that will safeguard Prairie Point from Coffman’s proposed crackdown on water use, according to Jody Harper Alderman, an attorney for Oakwood Homes.

“Oakwood certainly feels like it was a successful settlement,” Alderman said.

“There was some reduction in the annual amount of water to be released from Aurora to Oakwood for golf course irrigation but, from Oakwood’s perspective, it’s a sufficient amount,” Alderman said. “It’s more than adequate to irrigate the golf course because they will have conservation measures in place. So, it was a compromise that seemed to achieve all of the goals Oakwood needed.”

Pat Hamill, CEO of Oakwood Homes, said the compromise clears the way for a groundbreaking this fall on the roughly 900-acre, 1,700-home Prairie Point community at E-470 and Parker Road. Work on the 18-hole golf course could begin next spring.

“Our aim is always to design and build one of the most conservation-friendly courses ever,” Hamill said by phone Friday.

Work is expected to begin this fall on the 900-acre, 1,700-home Prairie Point community at E-470 and Parker Road in Aurora. (Rendering provided by Oakwood Homes)

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