Juneau Course Goes Back to Drawing Board

Plans for the proposed Juneau Golf Club were temporarily waylaid by the Juneau Planning Commission in mid-March. The commissioners found the application for a conditional-use permit by the developer, Totem Creek Development, insufficient, saying it didnít address issues related to wildlife and habitat preservation, stream buffer zones, and the use of pesticides and herbicides.

The commission, which was supported in its findings by the city Community Development Department, was also concerned that the application was too vague and left too much up for interpretation. Commissioners Roger Allington and Marshal Kedziorek said the site plan and wildlife information was difficult to read. The developer, John Barnett, expressed frustration with the process, believing that the the community development agency is hostile and biased.

A consultant for Barnett, Diane Mayer, said the application was complete and that any wildlife issues could be addressed during the development process. One glaring omission was an Integrated Pest Management plan. In virtually every state of the U.S., an IPM is required to address the affects of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on golf courses. The commission gave Barnett several weeks to address the omissions in his filing, and is scheduled to vote on a conditional-use permit April 10.