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Update could determine future of dog park, boutique hotel at Chambers Creek

The Chambers Creek Regional Park update could reaffirm or retract public support for a couple of the plan’s most-debated elements: a boutique hotel of up to 124 rooms and an off-leash dog park.
The Chambers Creek Regional Park update could reaffirm or retract public support for a couple of the plan’s most-debated elements: a boutique hotel of up to 124 rooms and an off-leash dog park. The News Tribune

Pierce County is asking residents to help revisit and potentially revise a 10-year-old plan for the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

“We’re not proposing significant changes to the document at this point,” said Parks & Recreation director Tony Tipton. “But like any good project, when you have 10 years go by it’s always good to take out those plans and dust them off to make sure we haven’t missed anything.”

The update could reaffirm or retract public support for a couple of the plan’s most-debated elements: a boutique hotel of up to 124 rooms and an off-leash dog park.

Earlier this year, the county requested that developers submit qualifications to develop a hotel at the park. The request came after an agreement expired with Los Angeles-based developer Bob Sonneblick, who pulled his plans for a $150 million resort-style golf course and hotel after the county asked for a scaled back project.

Now the county has asked DGH Development LLC of Winter Garden, Florida, and locally-based Chambers Bay Development LLC to submit development plans for the site. The proposals are due July 1.

Like any good project, when you have 10 years go by it’s always good to take out those plans and dust them off to make sure we haven’t missed anything.

Tony Tipton, director, Pierce County Parks and Recreation

Meanwhile, off-leash dog park proponents are anxious to see whether their dreams of a 5- to 7-acre off-leash park on the property will be nixed in favor of other development.

The park’s Central Meadow has an off-leash area now, but dog owners have asked for a permanent location for more than a decade.

“It’s getting to a point where we want to see some action on the county’s part,” said Bill Long, president of SUNDogs, the nonprofit supporting the off-leash area.

Fellow SUNDogs volunteer Debbie Klosowski said the group wants to make sure an off-leash area “doesn’t disappear completely” from the site plan.

“The main thing is, Pierce County needs to honor its commitment to us to do this,” Klosowski said.

Whether the off-leash area remains depends on the public input, Tipton said.

“The current plan has an off-leash area in it,” he said. “We’ll be taking that use back out to the public, along with every other use that we have planned for the remainder of the site, and reconfirm whether that’s what the public’s desire still is.”

The 930-acre property in University Place includes the Chambers Bay golf course, two miles of saltwater shoreline, soccer fields, grass meadows, walking trails, beach access and an off-leash dog park.

The current plan calls for — in addition to the hotel and off-leash dog area — walking trails, a club house, restaurants and parking.

An open house to review the plan will be Thursday at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W., University Place from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The county anticipates holding three or four public meetings to discuss the plan before sending it to the Pierce County Council for review.

Brynn Grimley: 253-597-8467, @bgrimley

Update to Chambers Creek Regional Park master site plan

What: Open house to review master site plan.

When: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W., University Place.

Additional information: chamberscreekupdate.com.

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