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Planners to discuss golf course project

A new design for a golf course and entertainment complex near the Medford airport is expected to go before the Medford Site Plan and Architectural Commission today.

Neighbors had objected to plans that included a large parking lot on the south part of the Rogue Valley Sports Center property. Portland developer Roland Haertl has submitted new plans that spread out parking spaces.

The new designs are conceptual and probably will need work before they are approved, said Jim Maize, a senior planner.

We don't expect a decision will be made today, Maize said.

The meeting begins at noon in council chambers of Medford City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.

Haertl wants to lease a 47-acre field from Jackson County just off Crater Lake Highway between Corona and Whittle avenues. The land sits under the airport approach path, and zoning restrictions favor golf courses instead of homes in such areas. Plans call for two 9-hole golf courses, a clubhouse, a golf driving range, a miniature golf course and batting range.

The public hearing has been going on for several months.

Neighbors protested various aspects of the project, including the location of a driving range but particularly Haertl's plan to put a big parking lot next to homes on Alcan Drive.

At its last meeting, the commission directed Haertl to resolve parking issues.

Maize said that if commissioners approve of the parking changes, they will probably ask Haertl to come back with detailed plans.