Planners give OK to golf course

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- After six years of debates over design and environmental impacts, the Juneau Planning Commission has unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a West Douglas golf course. Commissioners rejected a proposal to ban the use of pesticides on the course.

The decision Tuesday to approve the project was 8-0. The vote against banning pesticides was 7-1.

The 200-acre, 18-hole course is proposed by Totem Creek Inc., a nonprofit group.

The golf course proposal will go next to the Juneau Assembly.

About a dozen residents, representatives of the Audubon Society and staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service testified Tuesday, calling for pesticides to be prohibited on the course.

Totem Creek representatives said course superintendents would use pesticides only as a last resort.

Local golfers pushed for a course in the area back in the 1980s. The idea lay fallow until the early 1990s when the city, which co-owns the West Douglas parcel with Native-owned Goldbelt Corp., rezoned the area for a golf course.

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