The Patuxent Greens Golf Course had been a staple in the City of Laurel for many years. As golf, as a sport, fell out of favor, the owner of this private golf course took the opportunity to sell the land for residential development.
Traditionally, golf courses generate a small amount of traffic, even if they are popular courses during various seasons of the year. It became our challenge to prove that redevelopment of the golf course into a residential community would not create a traffic or transportation issue for the adjoining residential communities.
We conducted a substantial number of intersection traffic counts to compare the traffic generated by the golf course to the amount of traffic to be generated by the new residential community.
We were successful in showing the city government that the impact of the new residential community would be minimal and that with some off-site improvements the delta of peak hour traffic between the golf course and the new residences would be accommodated safely and successfully.