Rebuffed in its first attempt to commercially develop part of Bonelli Regional Park, the County Board of Supervisors started over Thursday by approving a plan to build a new 16-acre golf center there. The center would be next to Mountain Meadows Golf Course, which is just east of the park.
The supervisors, whose solicitation of bids for the same project last summer was nullified in court, referred the golf center plan to the park's Joint Powers Authority, which is composed of representatives from six nearby cities. The county asked the authority to work with it in requesting bids for the project.
By including the authority in the bidding process, the county apparently complies with a January ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, who said the county must consult the park authority on projects.
The issue of legal control over park projects was raised in a lawsuit filed last year by a citizens group called the Coalition to Preserve Bonelli Park. The group opposes not only development at the golf course, but also a 500-horse equestrian boarding center, a 100-room hotel, 22 chalets and a 24,000-square-foot restaurant and bar. All are part of a proposed updated Bonelli master plan.