Pierce County appears ready to limit the number of hotel rooms or other temporary lodging units that will be allowed at Chambers Bay Golf Course - a request made by the City of University Place during negotiations over the project.
County officials have long said that convenient accommodations are important to the golf course's success, especially if they want to attract out-of-town players and host world-class events when it opens next year.
But based on similar upscale golf courses around the country, the city's proposed limit might not allow as much housing as some elected leaders want, said Pierce County Councilman Terry Lee.
"Of the different amendments being proposed, that's probably going to be one that's going to get some debate, " Lee said.
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Lodging is one item the Pierce County Council will discuss when it considers changes to Chambers Creek Properties' master site plan next month. The council will review proposed amendments from University Place, Lakewood and a citizens advisory committee.
The UP Council discussed lodging Tuesday night, when it approved amendments to the master plan by a 6-0 vote.
The city wants the county to allow no more than 124 lodging units, 18 of which would be at the clubhouse located in the north area. The rest would be what golf course developers call "casita-style" - basically a small rental house.
UP leaders don't want the golf course to compete with lodging that might spring up near their Town Center project, envisioned as a mix of retail, condominiums, civic services and a transit center that broke ground this summer.
Chambers Bay Golf Course will be in the city's west end, overlooking Puget Sound. Town Center will be off Bridgeport Way West in the heart of the city.
"We recognize there is a need to provide housing for golfers, but we don't want to go overboard, " said Mayor Gerald Gehring. Some Chambers Bay golfers might prefer to stay off-site, he said.
Joseph Scorcio, the program manager for Chambers Creek Properties, said the county doesn't want to pull visitors away from UP's Town Center.
He also said the county is OK with the city's proposed limit of 124 temporary lodging units, which is consistent with a consultant's recommendation two years ago. Even so, other high-end golf courses offer more lodging.
Officials have compared Chambers Bay to Oregon's Bandon Dunes Golf Course, which has 147 temporary-living units in its clubhouse, as well as cottages and houses. The Torrey Pines golf course in La Jolla, Calif., offers two hotels with a combined 565 rooms.
Lee, the councilman, said the county has discussed having more than 200 units at Chambers Creek Properties. But Scorcio said Bandon Dunes started with a few units in its clubhouse and eventually grew. It's the same model officials think will work at Chambers Bay.
"It's not a number fixed in stone, " Scorcio said. "It's a number fixed in time, and market will determine whether it needs to be increased or reduced."
He added that the hotel is still years from completion.
Meanwhile, University Place's negotiations with the county might yield a dog park after all. Chambers Creek Properties' proposed plan allows for, but doesn't guarantee, construction of a dog park. It would be near the arboretum in the property's southern area. Officials say they haven't negotiated the size, but they've discussed between 10 acres and 40 acres.
University Place has already pledged $350,000 to help develop 28 acres of parks at Chambers Creek Properties. Some city leaders wanted the money contingent on construction of a dog park, but the UP City Council voted last month to pledge the money so as not to delay the project.
Lee said that he'll lobby fellow county leaders to build a dog park.
"I'm confident we'll get this use in place, " he said.