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Proposed Trump Golf Course Clashes with Kluge Easement

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Donald Trump wants to build a new golf course in Albemarle County, on land where one had already been designed, but is running into more and more opposition.

A meeting Thursday night to ease concerns only focused them for some people. Now those who are saying no to Trump are pointing to concerns in the county and as far away as Scotland to make their point.

A screening of the documentary "You've Been Trumped" is the newest tool for environmentalists battling a Trump-sized golf course in southern Albemarle. The film casts a negative light on the effects Trump's golf course in Scotland had on the people and environment.

"The people just don't want the change and that's the bottom line," said Albemarle County Supervisor Rodney Thomas.

That change might not happen. A past promise from Patricia Kluge could put the brakes on the proposed 18-hole project. Kluge put 216 acres of land around Albemarle House into a conservation easement in 2006. That easement gives the Virginia Outdoor Foundation development rights for life. But Trump's commercial course is slated for that area.

"A promise was made and a promise should be kept," said Jim Neale, attorney for the Virginia League for Conservation Easements. "We bought the right to keep that land as it is."

But if Trump can get a special use permit to build, then the course is a hole in one. People at the standing-room-only meeting Thursday night listened to Eric Trump try to explain the project, but said not so fast. Their last chance to block it is to persuade supervisors to deny the permit.

"It's frightening to those people over there because they never had anything like that in the area," Thomas said.

The documentary will be shown October 28 at the Jefferson Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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