The master site plan that will guide the transformation of the 935-acre Chambers Creek Properties from former gravel mine to world-class golf course and wide open public park areas is up for a required 10 year review and Pierce County officials want to hear what you have to say. Three public hearings will be held over the next three days. The first is Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street. The second is on Sept. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at University Place City Hall, 3715 Bridgeport Way W. The third is on Sept. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W in University Place.
The Chambers Creek Properties sits on the western edge of University Place and Lakewood and just to the south of Steilacoom. The Pierce County Council recently approved more than $20 million in sewer and general funds to build the initial elements of a 271-acre golf course. The course is being designed by Robert Trent Jones II and it might eventually take up 370 acres with natural areas and land set aside for some type of lodging to be developed later. Construction permits are currently in process with the City of University Place and the county expects to identify the construction contractor in the next few weeks.
If the master plan stands as it is currently written, the golf course will be laid out in an "Irish links" style with several large open spaces that could accomodate crowds for professional golf tournaments. Holes 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17 and 18 will be near the water while holes 8, 9, and 13 command sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.A practice range with teaching area, double-ended driving range and short-game practice area is also included. Possible expansion options include a three-hole practice course and some type of lodging. The clubhouse will include a pro shop, restaurant and large event pavillion. An expansion plan shows some type of lodging and locker rooms in the future.
If you would like the
background materials on this project, please see Pierce County’s website. For more information about the public hearings, contact Anne-marie
Marshall-Dody at 798-4140.
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