Residents Oppose Centralia Golf Course Rezoning: Proposal calls for 387 housing units to be built on former Armory Hills golf course

By Lewis County Economic Alliance

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Residents living near the former Armory Hills golf course in Centralia, next to Seminary Hill, opposed a proposal to turn the land into a housing estate with up to 387 homes during the council meeting Municipality of Centralia on Tuesday.

The old golf course is owned by the city and is located in a valley between Seminary Hill and Ham Hill. The property, according to a report by The Chronicle, is currently under an ongoing contract to be sold to an undisclosed developer. The property, which is located at the end of Duffy Street in the Centralia Urban Growth Area (UGA), has been listed with John L. Scott for $1.8 million.

The Centralia Planning Commission is currently discussing the option of updating the city’s master plan for the former 48.44-acre golf course and its subsequent rezoning for an allocation of two housing units per acre to eight , according to The Chronicle article.

The zoning change would move the 48.44-acre property from a zoning classification of R-2 to R-8 and allow the property to contain up to 387 housing units, up from 96 previously.

At the April 14 Planning Commission meeting where the idea was hatched, dozens of people voiced their opposition to the potential move. There, they were told to contact the city council over their objections after a heated back-and-forth between concerned citizens and Centralia Community Development Director Emil Pierson, who gave a presentation on the possibility of rezoning. to the commissioners.

A dominant theme was the hope that the former golf course property would remain an open natural area where wildlife could continue to live and people could bring their children for recreation.

“Thank you all for coming out and engaging your local government,” Smith Johnston said, as reported by The Chronicle. “It may not feel like it, but you engage early in the process. That’s right now what’s happening is we’re looking at the overall plan and zoning is part of that and that’s what’s going on. is one of the possible first steps. This issue is currently with the Planning Commission. I know many of you attended the Planning Commission meeting. … There will be a public hearing, I believe on this subject at the next meeting of the Planning Commission on May 12. This is another opportunity to give your opinion.

Citizen Jason Mattson said on Facebook, “This land is not only a beautiful natural area, it also has a creek running through it which contributes to China Creek. As is well known, China Creek is notorious for flooding. …I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates that all the flood mitigation work done on Gold Street is in vain.

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