Calabasas : Golf Driving Range Complies With Rules

Saying the owner has largely complied with regulations, Calabasas officials said they have backed off from a threat to shut down a golf driving range for failure to meet permit requirements.

Officials said they are confident owner Chang Ahn will satisfy one remaining condition: filing an engineering report certifying that a slope above the range is stable. "I think he has pretty much addressed the major concerns," said Rob Searcy, the city's principal planner.

The city earlier this year granted Ahn 60 days to comply with regulations or face closure. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the matter at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In January 1995, Ahn applied for city permits to open a 40-tee driving range and a 2,100-square-foot pro shop at 24914 Calabasas Road, located in a scenic corridor, according to city records. In exchange for permits, officials said, Ahn was to submit a lighting plan and keep lighting to a minimum.

However, after the facility opened last fall, several complaints were made that the lighting was too bright. And, city officials said, the lighting plan that was turned in was incomplete. City officials said Ahn has since modified the lighting and made other changes.

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