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Dallesport Golf, Resort Plans Studied

Development could change face of area

A proposed golf course, with surrounding upscale housing developments, could soon change the face of Dallesport.

The Klickitat County Planning Department is reviewing a major, multi-jurisdictional plan for the Dallesport peninsula known as the "Sundoon Golf Course and Resort." The proposal would include an 18-hole golf course of about 80 acres; a destination resort complex of approximately 145 acres; and as many as 400 residential dwellings in several housing villages.

The golf course and related development would be located west of Highway 197, north of Dallesport Road, and south of Tidyman Road. The property is adjacent to the Dallesport Regional Airport. The parcel eyed for the golf course is located primarily on a portion of airport property.

The total area covered by proposed changes covers 540 acres, with about 300 of acres left as open space. Of the 540 total acres, 67 acres are owned by the airport itself, and another 174 acres are in escrow under contract to Roseland Property Group. The remaining 300 acres are owned by the city of The Dalles as part of the Dallesport Regional Airport tract.

The proponent of the redevelopment plans is Roseland Property Group LLC, a West Linn, Ore., business represented by Steve Tessmer, a Hood River resident.

The county originally issued a "mitigated determination of non-significance" (MDNS) for the overall proposal in 1999, and has recently incorporated "additional mitigation ... into the golf course proposal to improve compatibility with the airport."

To accommodate the project, the following actions have been proposed: Amend the Klickitat County Comprehensive Plan (Dallesport sub-area plan) zoning text and zoning map; rezone 7.5 acres of privately owned land from "industrial" to "tourist commercial"; rezone 42 acres owned by the city of The Dalles from "open space" to "tourist commercial"; and rezone another 40 acres from "airport development" to "open space."

If approved, groundbreaking for the golf course is projected to begin on Nov. 1 this year, with a grand opening tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2009.

According to information supplied by the Roseland Property Group's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist, the proponents already have a water supply lined up.

"Irrigation water for the golf course will come from a private well on the adjacent property and was approved by the Washington Department of Ecology and the Klickitat County Water Conservancy Board," read an excerpt from the SEPA document.

The Roseland SEPA document adds that the golf course proposal, which was given conditional use approval in 1999, helped drive the decision to install new sewer lines in the Dallesport area.

"During the most recent Klickitat County Comprehensive Plan review in 2000, the Update Committee and County Commission evaluated the impacts associated with the proposed golf course and anticipated resort development," reads an excerpt from the SEPA checklist under the "Golf Course" heading. "The county then planned and installed a new sanitary sewer system to service this area. As part of the Comprehensive Plan Update, the county rezoned the area that was planned for the golf course to Open Space, which allows a golf course as an Outright Use ..."

Three residential development plans are proposed by the Roseland Property Group, as follows:

Sundoon Village

50-100 townhouse/condominiums on 25 acres (may include limited mixed-use condos);

120-150 single-family home sites on 100 acres;

Sundoon Village is also proposed to include 20-25 acres of open space, with "integrated buffers, vineyards, and berms, enhanced wetlands and environmental protection areas."

Sundoon Butte

50-75 townhouses or condominiums on 23 acres;

Sundoon Meadow

50-75 townhouses or condominiums on 20 acres.

The Sundoon Butte and Sundoon Meadow developments "may also include other uses typically found at destination resorts, including swimming pool, office/lobby, and food, beverage, and dining."

Groundbreaking for the residential developments is proposed for spring of 2008, with completion estimated to take between four and seven years.

The county has set a July 6 deadline for comments on the MDNS for the project. The July 6 deadline also applies to appeals of the MDNS.

Written comments related to the zone change request and comprehensive plan amendment will be accepted until the time of a public hearing on the rezoning request; however, the date of a public hearing has not yet been set by county planning officials.

Comments can be sent to: Klickitat County Planning Department, 228 W. Main Street, MS-17, Goldendale, Wash., 98620.

For more information, contact the Planning Department at 1-800-765-7239 (toll-free).

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