By DAN TOMASELLO

LYNNFIELD — Sagamore Spring Golf Club’s owners are once again exploring the possibility of developing the eastern side of the popular upper Main Street course.

The Planning Board unanimously voted on Jan. 26 to endorse the Approval Not Required (ANR) plan for Sagamore Spring Golf Club. The state’s Subdivision Control Law allows ANR plans to be developed if single lots can be carved out of a larger lot. ANR plans can also be developed if there can be a land swap between neighbors that does not require a full subdivision plan as long as the lots meet frontage requirements.

According to the town’s Subdivision Rules and Regulations, the Planning Board can endorse an ANR plan “if the board determines the plan does not require approval.” After the Planning Board endorses an ANR plan, the regulations require the plan to be returned to the applicant and the Planning Board is required to notify Town Clerk Linda Emerson about its decision.

Atty. Susan Murphy told the Planning Board that the Sagamore Spring Real Estate Trust, which oversees the upper Main Street golf course, is investigating the possibility of developing the 1287 Main St. property’s eastern side. Trustee Richard Luff attended the meeting along with Murphy.

“The entire eastern side is approximately 106 acres,” said Murphy. “The plan has divided the eastern side into lots 1 and 2. Lot 1 is approximately 36 acres and lot 2 is just under 70 acres. The required frontage in the zoning district is 210 feet, and this is exceeds that requirement.”

Planning and Conservation Director Emilie Cademartori said the frontage for the ANR plan “exceeds more than the minimum amount required.”

While Cademartori raised no objections about the plan, she said, “The plan does show wetlands and other objects that could impede the use of the frontage.”

Planning Board member Amy MacNulty asked if the Sagamore Spring Real Estate Trust owns lots 1 and 2.

Cademartori said yes.

“The trust owns the east and west parcels on Main Street,” said Cademartori. “The plan is only for the parcel on the eastern side.”

Planning Board Vice Chairwoman Kate Flaws asked Murphy what the trust is looking to build on the eastern side of the golf course.

“Many people in town and the Planning Board are aware that the trust has been looking into potential development possibilities for this portion of the lot,” said Murphy. “There is nothing definitive. We have had communications with the Planning and Conservation Department’s staff and the town administrator. There will be more information coming to the Planning Board if this progresses. We will be extremely transparent so everyone is aware of what is happening. The trustees have been involved with the town for years, and Mr. Luff is here to show they are going to be fully engaged and will be communicating with the town if anything progresses with the property.”

Flaws pressed Murphy by asking her if the trustees are looking to keep the golf course open.

“For the foreseeable future, there are no plans to discontinue the operation of the golf course,” said Murphy. “The focus right now is just on the driving range. There are no holes for the golf course on lot 1.”

After the discussion, the Planning Board unanimously voted to endorse the ANR plan.

The 2018 Spring Town Meeting rejected a plan submitted by Sagamore Spring Real Estate Trust and developer Ron Bonvie that sought to rezone the eastern side of the golf course from Residence D to Elderly Housing, which would have allowed an over-55 residential development to be built. The rejected Fairways Edge at Sagamore project would have consisted of 154 attached condominium residences on 105 acres.

Fairways Edge at Sagamore would have also included on-site amenities such as a community clubhouse that would have included a fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool. The clubhouse would have also included a lounge with a kitchen, a combined game room/sports lounge and a flexible space that would have been outfitted with Wi-Fi. The proposed outdoor amenities included pickleball courts and walking trails.

One of the key parts of the Bonvie Homes-Sagamore Spring Real Estate Trust plan involved keeping the golf course open. The alternative plan, which has yet to materialize, involved constructing up to 82 houses on the course.

The Sagamore Spring Golf Club has been one of the most popular public golf courses in New England and the Greater Boston area since it opened in 1929.