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Thornton leaders approve new TopGolf location despite neighbors’ concerns

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THORNTON, Colo. — Thornton leaders have approved plans for a new TopGolf location on a site near 136th Avenue and Interstate 25.

Neighbors who live near a proposed new TopGolf location in Thornton addressed their concerns with the Thornton City Council Tuesday night.

Residents who live in the Rolling Hills neighborhood, behind the proposed location, raised concerns over noise and bright lights facing their backyards.

They said they are not opposed to development, and agreed that TopGolf could be a great addition to the city of Thornton. But they don’t want the facility in their backyard.

Tami Pippert, a busy mom to twin 10-year-old girls who works from home, has lived in Rolling Hills for 17 years. She said she was most worried about the noise and lights coming from the facility, at times through 2 a.m.

“The highway noise is a white noise so it doesn’t really bother us,” she said. “TopGolf noise will be cheering and partying and music and base lines of DJs. So that’s much more disruptive to your sleep and just your quality of life overall.”

Pippert is worried about her daughters being able to sleep on school nights.

“I just think that it would impact kids who need a good amount of rest for school the next day,” Pippert’s daughter, Allison, said.

Pippert also raised questions over the zoning of the land, and whether or not TopGolf fit the mold.

“When we were looking at this piece of property 17 years ago, that was one of the first questions we asked because its an open land,” she said. “It is a business park zoned piece of property. They’re calling themselves a private, members-only facility. We actually think the use designation should be commercial amusement. We feel like they’re calling themselves a members-only, private recreation center just to fit into the current zoning so they don’t have to go through a rezoning process.”

Pippert said she doesn’t take issue with TopGolf and she is not against development.

“I think it would be a fantastic opportunity for Thornton, just not in that location,” she said. “If you drive further north of here, you will see that there is a lot of open space that is not nearly this close to established residents.”

Pippert was among dozens of residents who showed up at the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Representatives for TopGolf also attended the meeting, which went late into the night.

In the end, city leaders approved plans for the new development.