HARWICH — There are plans to develop a 36-hole miniature golf course on the land adjacent to Bud’s Go-Karts on the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road. The proposal was scheduled to go before the conservation commission on Wednesday night because a portion of the property is located in the floodplain.
The section of Route 28 from Sisson Road to just west of Brooks Road has become the town’s center for summer recreational activities. The proposed mini-golf course would join Bud’s Go-Karts, Grand Slam Entertainment’s bumper boats, batting cages and zip line activities and the Trampoline Center a little further west. The Trampoline Center is also examining expansion in their bounce facilities, including a new snack shack.
There is an 18-hole mini-golf course, Harbor Glen, located at the Weatherdeck restaurant on Route 28 just east of the Herring River, about a mile west of the proposed new course.
The 6.4 acres where the new course is proposed consists of two lots, a 3.850 acre lot and a 2.5 acre lot. The mini-golf course would be located on both lots. The properties presently contain Bud’s Go-Karts and Windsong Antiques and are are owned by the Emulous Hall Realty Trust.
The applicant for the mini-golf course is Swavi Osev of Swavi Osev and S and E LLC. Osev owns a landscaping and irrigation company in West Harwich.
The conservation commission was scheduled Wednesday night to act on a determination of applicability because 3.9 acres of the property are within the 100-year floodplain to the Herring River and Allen Harbor estuaries. No additional wetland resource areas or wetland resource buffer zones impact the area, project engineer Daniel Croteau PE of Moran Engineering Associates wrote in a narrative to the commission.
“Being on the outer edge of the floodplain, the proposed project will not impact or obstruct the path of the flooding or receding flood waters. Also, the project will not have an impact on the property’s ability to drain or store floodwaters due to the property being topographically up-gradient of both the coastal flooding sources and of the paths of flow to these sources,” Croteau wrote.
The plan calls for a miniature golf course with a ticket and restroom building and associated parking and landscaped areas to the north side of the property, which extends to Harold Street. The parking area would be combined with the existing go-kart parking and serve both businesses. The miniature golf course will require 54 parking spaces; the combined parking area will have a total of 83 spaces.
The course itself would be located in the area formerly used as a storage site for a construction excavation company. There are residential properties along the east side of the property.
The narrative points out the project area does not provide a substantial habitat for wildlife due to the property being bordered by three paved roads and the past use of the area for parking and for excavation company activities. Much of the area to be used for the course has no vegetation, and Croteau pointed out zoning requires landscaping associated with parking requirements.
Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said no plans have been filed with the planning board as of this week, but she pointed out the property is split by two zoning districts—the commercial highway one district and the residential medium density district—and will require approval by the planning board and the board of appeals. She said a use variance will also be required for the proposal.