OPRD To Hold Open Houses To Discuss Property Exchange

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will hold two open houses to discuss a proposed property exchange involving part of the Bandon State Natural Area. One meeting will be held in Bandon on the south coast on August 16th, and the other will be in Mt. Vernon in Grant County on August 19th. Staff will share more information and answer questions about the proposal to trade 280 acres of the 878-acre Bandon State Natural Area to Bandon Biota, a private landholding entity owned by Michael Keiser, owner of Bandon Dunes and other local golf courses. Bandon Biota proposes to use part of the land to create a 27-hole walking links golf course.

Under the proposal, Bandon Biota would pay at least $300,000 for gorse control on nearby state park properties, transfer two land parcels near Bandon totaling 208 acres into the state park system, and pay as much as $2.95 million to help purchase two other properties: oceanfront property in Lincoln County known as Whale Cove, and 6,100 acres in Grant County near Mt. Vernon for use as a future state park.

Staff will present maps and other information on the properties during the open houses and answer questions: Bandon Conference and Community Center, 1200 W 11th Street SW, Bandon, August 16th, 7-9pm. and at the Mt Vernon Community Hall, 640 Ingle Street, Mt Vernon, August 19th, 7-9pm. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission met in Coos Bay July 17th to hear public feedback, and comments from these August meetings will be reported to them for their consideration as well. The earliest possible date it could act on the proposal is at their next meeting on September 24 in Condon, Oregon.

Comments on the proposal are also being taken by email (oprd.publiccomment@state.or.us), and by regular mail to: OPRD, ATTN: Bandon Proposal, 725 Summer St NE Suite C, Salem OR 97301. Comments received before September 16th will be delivered to the Commission before their meeting in Condon.

This entry was posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.