Thu Aug 12 2010 7:00 PM -- New Hearing Scheduled on Crook Ranch Resort
|Faced with detailed comments from Oregon Shores and other conservationists, and with expressions of concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about potential impacts to the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Crook County Planning Commission deferred any decision on the proposed Crook Ranch Golf Resort at their July 8 meeting. |
Instead, a new public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, August 12, in the Showcase Building at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach. This gives citizens more time to study the lengthy proposal and comment on their concerns, either in writing or by attending the public hearing. Plans for the resort proposal, and the detailed county staff report, can be found on the Curry County website.
The proposed resort would be located between the Pistol River and the ocean. It borders the Crook Point Unit of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and as Oregon Shores pointed out in our comments, provides no buffer whatever for this highly significant habitat area for seabirds and other wildlife. It also borders Pistol River and Boardman state parks.
The county recently adopted its new Destination Resort Ordinance, which cleared the way for the Crook Ranch proposal. Oregon Shores worked hard to improve this ordinance, urging the clearest possible language protecting resources and assuring compliance with statewide land use policy for coastal areas. While we may not be enthusiastic about the ordinance and the development it may allow, Curry County’s version is considered the best such destination resort ordinance in the state, according to 1000 Friends of Oregon, so we can take pride in having achieved the best possible result in the circumstances.
Oregon Shores has deep concerns about many aspects of the proposal. In our July 8 Comments on the initial proposal, we noted that the development as planned would threaten severe impacts on wildlife and on public recreation areas. As drafted, the resort proposal does not adequately address such matters as buffers between the golf course and protected areas, water quality in streams and impacts to wetlands, landslide potential, transportation effects and many other issues.
Members or other citizens interested in getting involved in the permitting process for the proposed resort are urged to contact Oregon Shores.
Crook Point related resources available for download from the Curry County Planning Department:
Destination Resort Table of Contents
Master Plan Book (246 MB PDF, 60 pages)
Coastal Shoreline Bounda[r]y Map
Full text of Curry County Destination Resort Ordinance
Articles on topic 'Destination Resorts':
Nov 25 2012 Crook Point Golf Resort to be Considered Again
Nov 3 2012 Curry County Delays Review of Crook Point Resort
Mar 21 2011 Oregon Shores Files Appeal on Crook Point Golf Resort
Jan 30 2011 Crook Point Resort Proposal Heads to Appeals Panel
Jan 5 2011 Crook Point Resort Approved; Oregon Shores Ponders Next Step
Nov 8 2010 Curry Commissioners Weighing Crook Point Appeal
Oct 30 2010 Appeal of Crook Destination Resort Will Be Heard Thursday
Sep 23 2010 Appeal of Crook Point Destination Resort Moves to Next Stage
Sep 15 2010 Curry County Gives Resort Tentative Approval
Aug 26 2010 Last Chance to Comment on Destination Resort Proposal
Aug 12 2010 New Hearing Scheduled on Crook Ranch Resort
Jul 8 2010 Proposal for Major Resort at Pistol River Due for Hearing
Apr 29 2010 Curry Destination Resort Ordinance Hearing April 29
Dec 3 2009 Curry County Destination Resorts Hearing December 3
Oct 10 2009 Curry County Workshops on Destination Resorts Mapping
Oct 5 2009 Tillamook County Hearing 9/24 on Port's Resort, Golf Course Project
Contact: Phillip Johnson, CoastWatch Director, (503) 238-4450, or EMAIL