The talk over lengthy-time period leases on the Chambers Bay golf course complicated is over — for now.
Pierce County Council members voted Tuesday to replace the grasp plan for the complicated in College Place, preserving a contentious phrase — “prolonged keep lodging” — that fueled a heated debate over the location’s future. The choice opens the door to lengthy-time period housing close to the golf course.
Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg, whose district consists of College Place, argued that the language within the grasp plan broke a promise to county taxpayers that the park and the golf course wouldn’t be used for housing.
“This the general public’s park,” she stated. “It wasn’t constructed to be a spot for individuals to stay. Individuals don’t need individuals dwelling on that park.”
She provided an modification to take away the “prolonged keep” wording. It failed on a 2-four vote. Council members subsequently permitted the grasp plan on a 5-1 vote. Ladenburg was the only nay.
The crux of the difficulty is a deliberate resort lodge on the golf course, accompanied by as much as one hundred ninety golf villas tucked right into a hillside overlooking the park’s Central Meadow. The hillside isn’t designated for another park or public use.
The rental concept shouldn’t be new; the proposed villas and the prospect of leasing have been included within the planning course of for greater than a yr. The College Place Metropolis Council accredited a plan in June that included the “prolonged keep” language.
Aimed toward golf-minded vacationers, the 2-story villas — perceived as excessive-finish trip leases — might be leased for a month or extra, in accordance with the grasp plan proposal.
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