Totem Creek to pitch golf course plan

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000

Totem Creek will present its case for construction of a golf course a mile past the end of the North Douglas Highway at 5:30 this evening in Centennial Hall's ballroom No. 1.

The group is asking for a conditional use permit to build the golf course, a clubhouse and a maintenance facility on about 400 acres of city property zoned rural reserve.

Juneau golfers have pushed for construction of an 18-hole course for about 20 years and the going has been anything but good, said John Barnett, president of Totem Creek at an October Planning Commission meeting. The nonprofit group supports the measure and is funded primarily by members of the Juneau Golf Club. "But now we see the light at the end of the tunnel," Barnett said.

Sediment and erosion control during construction are a concern in the construction of golf courses, said Community Development Department Director Cheryl Easterwood in an informational document prepared for the Commission.

"The building and shaping of the course will mean disturbing a significant amount of soil," she said. "Many courses move more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of soil."

Other considerations include whether the project can accommodate a proposed extension of the North Douglas Highway through Goldbelt land on the west side of the island; wildlife assessment; assessment of the extent of use of pesticides and fertilizers; and water management.

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