Topgolf - 250 Anza Boulevard

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Current Status
Construction has started on the Topgolf project and is estimated to be completed at the end of 2024.

May 11, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting:
On May 11, 2020, the Planning Commission approved an application for Environmental Review (Mitigated Negative Declaration), Design Review and Conditional Use Permit for a new commercial recreation use (Topgolf) with associated restaurant and bar uses.  
Agenda (Staff Report and all attachments are also accessible from the agenda) 
Staff Report 
See below for Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (including appendices)
Comment letters on CEQA document
Response to Comments Memorandum

Proposed Plans 

On June 20, 2016, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the lease management of the Golf Center site for the operation of golf or other recreational or entertainment activities that would be open to the public. On March 21, 2017, the City Council selected Topgolf USA Inc. as the preferred operator of the site. On May 21, 2018 the City Council adopted an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Topgolf which covers the terms of the environmental review and design review process to be completed at which time a Final Lease Agreement can be executed.

Project Description
The Project involves the replacement of the existing driving range with a Topgolf commercial recreation and sports complex on an approximately 13-acre portion of a City owned property. The proposed 71,024 square foot three level building would include 102 climate-controlled hitting bays along with a restaurant, outdoor dining and indoor event space.

Topgolf is a premier golf entertainment complex. The proposed Topgolf facility will feature 102 climate-controlled hitting bays where players hit golf balls with embedded microchips into an outdoor outfield enclosed by perimeter netting. Each hitting bay can accommodate up to six players at a time. Hitting bays include golf clubs, seating and television screens to monitor sporting events and track Topgolf scoring. Topgolf features a five-patent technology platform gaming system in which players hit golf balls embedded with a radio frequency identification tag into the proposed 240-yard outfield that will feature eleven targets at various distances. Microchips in the balls track each player’s shot in real time, giving points for accuracy or luck and making the driving range experience competitive and social.  

The outfield area (range) would be approximately five acres and 240 yards from the tee line (at the building) to the net line and would include ten (10) illuminated round targets that would be located 20 to 215 yards away from the tee line. The outfield perimeter would be completely enclosed by a transparent netting ranging in height from 90 feet to 205 feet high secured by steel poles. In addition to the internal building areas, an external mini-golf activation area would be located on site as part of the project as well. 

The project would include 475 parking spaces provided in two parking fields surrounding the main building and driving range. This is in addition to the lower parking field which is currently serving the existing driving range and soccer field. Access to the Topgolf site would be provided through a shared access driveway along Anza Boulevard as well as a proposed driveway connection to Airport Boulevard. 

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (CEQA) 
The project was reviewed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) , with the circulation of a Mitigated Negative Declaration from February 12, 2020 through March 12, 2020.  The Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration are provided below:
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Appendix A - Photosims Peer Review
Appendix B - Air Quality and GHG Assessments
Appendix C1 - Biological Resources Report and Peer Review
Appendix C2 - Avian Monitoring Survey Results
Appendix C3 - Final Biological Resources Report
Appendix D1 - Preliminary Geotechnical Report
Appendix D2- Draft Geotechnical Report
Appendix D3 - Geotechnical Peer Review
Appendix E - Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Appendix F - Noise Assessment
Appendix G - Transportation Impact Assessment

Community Meeting - April 10, 2019
Topgolf hosted a community meeting at the Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Avenue,  on Wednesday April 10, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm; click here to see the informational flyer.  Click here to view the Topgolf presentation slides. This was not a City meeting.   

Planning Commission Environmental Scoping and Design Review Study Meeting - May 13, 2019
This project was reviewed by the Planning Commission for Environmental Scoping and Design Review Study on May 13, 2019. The documents from that meeting, including minutes, are provided below:

A video of this hearing can be reviewed here: May 13, 2019 Planning Commission hearing. This was a study meeting, no action was taken on the application.

Project Planner
Catherine Keylon, Senior Planner

Project Applicant
Tanner Micheli