Pierce County released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed updates to the Chambers Creek Properties Master Site Plan earlier this month and is now gathering comments about the planned changes. Comments are due April 1.
The proposed updates generally focus on the South Area of the Chambers Bay Regional Park, but it also includes changes born from the planned hotel, restaurant and golf clubhouse complex where the current clubhouse and restaurant are presently located in the park. The South Area could provide unique park amenities since the site includes a peninsula that juts into Chambers Bay. Ideas in the works include an off-leash area, a boardwalk, trails, a boat launch and beach access.
Those ideas in the works for the South Area came from 1,400 comments gathered online and at open houses last year that largely wanted the area available for views, open spaces and nature walks.
“People don’t want to lose what’s there and want more of it,” project manager Joseph Coppo said.
The addition of walking trails and picnic areas in the area will require the spreading of topsoil so plants can grow as well as the laying of utility lines for power, water and sewage.
“All of that has to come in to do even a minimal amount of development,” Coppo said.
The original Master Site Plan was adopted in 1997, with a review and update completed in 2007. The 2017 update includes two main parts. The first part consists of an overall update of the whole 930-acre park during the last 10 years, particularly to the Central Area and Chambers Creek Canyon and possible impacts of new uses of the park that already includes two miles of saltwater shoreline, more than two miles of walking trails, soccer fields, a signature golf course an play areas. The county executive, after all, selected a group last fall to design, build and operate a $45 million resort facility at the park. The privately funded plans call for a boutique hotel, golf clubhouse, meeting and event space, a spa, a 200-seat Tom Douglas restaurant and bar, a public plaza and enhanced trails.
The planned complex has grown from 180,000 square feet that was envisioned in 2007 to 220,000 square feet in current plans. The general features haven’t changed, but the overall and specific sizes of each of the components have, so those have been updated.
The open house will outline the draft master plan updates, as well as provide ways for people to provide public testimony on the proposed changes. The open house is set for 6 p.m. on March 15, at the Pierce County Planning & Public Works Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W. in University Place.