Golf Course Conditional Use Permit Has Expired, Says County Planning

At the September Curry County Planning Commission meeting, a hearing was held on Elk River Property Development’s application to run its wastewater pipeline over county property to the Knapp Ranch in order to irrigate the proposed Pacific Gales Golf Course. According to the audiorecording of the hearing, commission members brought up and discussed whether ERPD, Knapp Ranches and Stuntzner Engineering had ever applied for and received a time extension for their original Conditional Use Permit for the golf course. The permit was approved on January 15, 2015, and was viable for one year, according to a stated condition of the CUP, as well as county land use regulations.

Oregon Coast Alliance then checked with the County, and Community Development Department Director Carolyn Johnson verified that the applicants never applied for an extension of their CUP approval on or before the deadline of January 15, 2016. Thus, the CUP for the Knapp Ranch golf course has expired. What effect will this have on the project?

The e-mail from Director Johnson to Cameron La Follette of ORCA reads:

From: Carolyn Johnson <>
To: Cameron La Follette
Subject: return on your call and e-mails – time extension application filed for AD-1411.
Date: October 10, 2017 at 3:54:40 PM PDT
Cc: Nancy Chester <>

Hello Cameron,

I received your October 5 and 9 e-mails and your phone message today with the question: “Did ERPD, Stuntzner and Knapp Ranches LLC apply for, and receive, an extension from Curry County for AD-1411 on or before January 15, 2016?”

There has not been a time extension application filed for AD-1411.


The text of AD-1411 follows. Condition No. 1 requiring an extension is on page 25.

Curry BOC Knapp Ranch Final Order, Jan. 15, 2015