Another public hearing has taken place, as the developer looks to move forward
REDMOND, Ore. (KTZ) — After nearly 20 years of proposals and calls, the back-and-forth over a planned resort west of Redmond continues. Thornburgh Resort near Eagle Crest is a long-debated topic among Central Oregonians.
The proposed destination resort sits on 1,970 acres southwest of Cline Butte – and a State Lands Department online public hearing on Thursday evening brought out many opposed to its expansion, if the state sold an additional 400 acres to the resort’s backers.
The resort was originally proposed in 2005 to include 475 overnight accommodation units and three golf courses, but has come under criticism from some residents and local organizations over its planned water use and Other problems.
Deschutes County is experiencing the most extreme drought conditions in 127 years. Some residents are concerned about where the water they will use for man-made lakes, golf courses and other amenities will come from.
Others focus on land use itself. If the resort is approved, recreation on the grounds and trails in the area will only be permitted for people staying at the resort, not the public.
Central Oregon LandWatch, an organization that monitors planned developments, lumber sales and water use in the area, has long opposed the resort, saying in a statement that “beloved public lands don’t belong behind a fence”.
Central Land and Cattle Company LLC, developer of Thornburg, currently leases the state-owned land it seeks to purchase. Deschutes County approved a master plan for the station, which was appealed by longtime station nemesis Nunzie Gould to the County Land Use Appeal Board. ‘State. If she wins, the plan returns to Deschutes County for another round.
As with other state-owned land, the property the resort is seeking to purchase benefits the Common School Fund, land that was granted to Oregon by the federal government to generate revenue for that fund to K-12 education.
The Oregon State Land Department is considering a request to sell 400 acres of public land to the developers of Thornburgh Resort. There have already been several public hearings on the matter, which have proven to be controversial.
Although there have been several public hearings regarding the proposed complex, the State Land Board will make the final decision regarding the sale of the land.
Carly Keenan attends the public hearing. She’ll have the full report on NewsChannel 21 at 10 a.m.