A settlement may be "imminent" in the Crofton Civic Association's suit against the Crofton Country Club over proposed chain-link fences where the golf course abuts neighborhood roads.
Town Manager Jordan Harding said the two sides will meet soon to discuss an alternate form of fencing that community leaders hope will be acceptable to the president of the Crofton Country Club, Bill Berkshire.
"Both sides hope that expensive litigation can be avoided," Harding said, adding that the alternative fence, on which he could not provide details, was discussed during a closed-doors association meeting June 11.
Berkshire said that when he met with Crofton officials three zTC weeks ago, he was asked to provide measurements on how far the fences would sit from public roads. He said each fence section would be from 7 to 10 feet away.
"It's back in their court," he said. "They are reviewing that. I don't know what they are deciding. Hopefully, we can get things worked out.
The club wants to build five pairs of parallel 6-foot-high fences around the course to prevent vandalism.
The course, surrounded by Crofton Parkway, is intermixed with communities and public roads. Fences would be built where greens or fairways abut roads. Their lengths would vary from 263 to 495 feet.
Ed Dosek, president of the civic association, said in February that the chain-link fences the country club planned do not conform to community standards. He and the board also said that the club did not get required approval from the Architectural Review Board.
But Berkshire maintains the review board approved his plans for the fences, which he said would be hidden under vinyl covers and shrubs.
"We feel we had a approval last year," Berkshire said. "I think that is pretty clear, if you look at all the documents."