Community Center will break ground soon |

Community Center will break ground soon

The Planning Committee is hard at work on the LWW Master Plan. Last June, there were several Town Hall meetings to go over a plan for upgrading LWW.

Recognizing that it is more cost-effective to upgrade assets as needed vs. deferred maintenance and ultimate deterioration, the membership unanimously approved the use of the existing facilities funds (accumu- lated through the sale of assets) to help with the remodel and expansion of the Community Center. With good rationale, good communication, and many commit- tees “in the boat”, the LWW community is getting more comfortable with the planning process and working against a predetermined plan.

As a result, the Com- munity Center is on track and will break ground soon.

Last year’s agenda also included a new security building by the main gate, new marina docks, some new forward tees on the golf course and upgrades to Hideaway Park. Most of this work is completed.

While LWW’s first integrated plan set the stage for future improvements, it also became the platform for preparing a more comprehensive roadmap in 2008 that could and should evolve as we learn from each major project and move on to the next.

Taking a pro-active stance, the committee worked with all related departments to prioritize what needed to be done with each LWW asset. Their goal: “Revitalize LWW with updated architectural design, refreshed and expanded facilities, highest and best use of land and assets, streamlined processes and operations, and a welcoming environment for an active community”.

At recent town hall meetings, they presented a “more thorough and sustainable vision” for future planning. They also included a budget to show that LWW would have enough resources to fund a 10-year plan.

Keeping the community involved at each major step, their recommended focus for 2008 and 2009 will be the clubhouse and pro shop complex. At a redesign cost of $3 million $5 million, the committee is recommending the sale of underutilized assets. If the process to sell assets starts today, the real estate funds would not be available until late 2011 to start construction. Detailed timelines and budgets make forward thinking critical.

Many other buildings, parks and amenities are in- cluded in the plan. Anyone who missed the Town Hall meetings can get a copy of the handout at the office; we can only be as good as the involvement of the LWW membership. The next steps are board review, fine tuning, and then adoption of the document/roadmap. Moving forward, membership would need to approve the sale of assets and then approve the release of those funds for the proposed clubhouse.

Many thanks go out to the committee including Gary Eckhardt, Dick Kramer, Ron Lema, Diane Martin, Bill Neff, Bruce Stanton and Fred Wilson. And a special thank you to all the related LWW committees who have rolled up their sleeves to get involved and help with this project.

Speaking of volunteers, it is time to think about the 2008 LWW Citizen of the Year. Many residents spend countless hours helping our community and are worthy of recognition. Members have until June 20 to make a nomination. Forms are available at the Admin Office or online at The award will be presented at the annual meeting at Commodore Park on July 26.

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