Orem officials have made the Lindon City Council a deal it could refuse.
Orem officials wanted to build an 18-hole golf course on land in the northeast part of Lindon. A spokesman from Orem asked if Lindon would de-annex 320 undeveloped acres so they could become part of Orem."I can't really see anything in it for Lindon," Ray Brown, Lindon city administrator, said Friday. "It would mean turning 10 percent of our land over, and there's no real benefit to us."
"If it is something Lindon doesn't want, we won't push it," said DeLance Squire, Orem's spokesman and director of the Commission for Economic Development in Orem.
The Orem City Council has spent about a year looking for a place to put an 18-hole golf course. Squire said it would not be a money-maker, but would add recreation opportunities for area residents.
The Orem City Council's plan was to annex the 320 acres, which a developer would then buy from private owners. The developer would donate 150 acres to Orem in exchange for tax considerations. The rest of the land would be used for housing. Orem would spend $2.5 million to develop the golf course, and would turn its old, nine-hole golf course into a business park.
If Orem bought the land and also developed it, the cost would be $5 million, so the deal would get Orem the golf course at half price. Squire said Orem had the financing available, but he did not know where the money would come from.
"We thought it was a good deal and would benefit both cities," Squire said. "Lindon residents would be able to use the course too, and they would have some nice landscaping to look at on the foothills of the mountain."
But the view is not Lindon's main concern.
"That is land that could work for Lindon's economic growth," Brown said. "We try to be nice guys, but there are limits."
Brown said the Lindon City Council might consider a joint venture.
"I'm sure they (Orem City Council members) would turn down this kind of deal if we made it to them. We might be able to work with them if there were something in it for us.
"We want to stay friends with Orem. We have had a good relationship in the past. Maybe we can find some common ground, but there has to be a trade-off. But, as the deal stands, I don't see it happening."
"We wanted to have the deal worked out before we approached Lindon, but our main concern was to make sure Lindon felt good about it," Squire said. "I'm sure the (Orem) City Council will not pursue it if there is any reluctance on Lindon's part.