“Recently WGM Group offered a proposal to the Missoula County commissioners that calls for developing Larchmont Golf Course into an affordable housing project. The Missoulian reported that, “If built the development would provide 2,000 mixed-use residential units, as well as commercial structures.” The proposal also includes a land swap of 157 acres of floodplain land near the Buckhouse Bridge.
First, I acknowledge there is a significant affordable housing problem in Missoula County. Using this swap as a resolution at first seems a cheap and easy answer to the problem.
What the proposal does not state is that WGM/Blueline Development will be in position to make a huge amount of revenue off the proposal. They stand to benefit at the expense of a well-established recreational site, and there is no guarantee that this development will solve the affordable housing issue. The plan also does not address the difficulty and cost of building a new course in the middle of a floodplain or what damage happens to courses built in such locations. There is no timeline included as to when Larchmont would close and the new course would open. It takes years for a new golf course to be fully developed, especially in a floodplain.”
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Adcock, Dan. The Missoulian 23 November 2021.