A destination resort on Borax land north of Brookings was envisioned by Mayor Bob Hagbom Wednesday night in a report to the Chetco Watershed Council.
Hagbom believes that a month after the expansion of the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) is finalized, Borax will officially announce its plans.
He said the resort may include a motel, conference center and a nine-hole golf course.
Im conjecturing, said Hagbom, but I know what theyre looking at and what they want to do.
Best of all, he said, it looks like Borax will be able to supply its own water system, using springs on its property.
It appears (the property) doesnt need river water, he said.
Council President Ted Freeman asked if the city would install a backup line to the resort.
Hagbom said the resort and the city may use a line to exchange water, as needed.
He said the city will also put another storage tank at the north end of Brookings within two years.
Hagbom said the state Department of Land Conservation and Development asked for more water studies on the Chetco River.
The problem, he said, is that nobody can tell us what effect the groundwater we have taken has on surface water.
Hagbom said the expanded UGB and the resort would be a big boost to help the economy.
He said it will bring more people to the area, and with recent changes in Oregons tax structure, that will mean more revenue for local governments. He said Brookings is currently out of land for new construction.
Borax will also put in its own sewer lines and infrastructure, said Hagbom. The resort will connect to the city main where it now stands.
Hagbom said the developers will put in the infrastructure in the expanded UGB.
He said the city spent about $115 million on infrastructure during the last 20 years, including street and pipe repairs, the sewer plant and the water intake.
He said it will spend about $70-$80 million on infrastructure during the next 20 years. That will include more water storage capacity.
Hagbom said the city will continue to monitor how the groundwater it pumps may affect the surface flow of the Chetco River.