Golf course now included in first phase of master planned resort

Amended Pleasant Harbor plan headed for public hearing

PORT TOWNSEND — Plans for a proposed 238-acre development south of Brinnon soon will be back before the Jefferson County commissioners.

The board heard revisions Monday to the Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort, which has amended its proposal following a Kitsap County Superior Court decision in March.

Attorney J.T. Cooke of Houlihan Law in Seattle proposed a revised phasing plan and a new site map June 18 for the Pleasant Harbor Marina and Golf Course along Hood Canal.

The first phase now includes the proposed nine-hole golf course in addition to a community, recreation and conference center that will include 208 condominium units, spa services, a pool, water slides and sports courts.

A Kitsap County judge sent the proposal back to the county commissioners March 28, citing inconsistencies in the development agreement between the county and the developer. Judge Sally Olsen cited the plan’s initial proposal to build out in multiple phases and to have each phase stand alone with the proper amount of recreational opportunities.

The golf course and other amenities were not initially included in the first phase.

The amended agreement will be subject to a public hearing, County Administrator Philip Morley told commissioners on Monday.

“I appreciate any public input on what’s before us so we can make sure we get it right,” Morley said.

Philip Hunsucker, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney, told commissioners this week the developers will need to include the proposed sewage treatment plant before any other features are added.

“We’ve looked at the language and the general request, and we think it complies with the court order,” Hunsucker said.

He said the county believes a combined community and recreation center could perform both functions, citing similar circumstances at both the Port Townsend Community Center and the Quilcene Community Center.

“It’s not out of the ordinary,” Hunsucker said.

The development agreement has been challenged previously by the Brinnon Group, which argued the waterfront condos could only be built under the state’s Growth Management Act if they were tied to a destination resort and accompanied by recreational opportunities.

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Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at [email protected].

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