Golf course to be discussed Columbia Council has hearing tonight WEST COLUMBIA

January 21, 1993|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Staff Writer

The issue of whether the Columbia Council should approve more than $5 million to build a proposed 18-hole golf course is expected to again dominate tonight's public hearing on the Columbia Association's proposed 1993-1994 budget.

The hearing starts at 8 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Twin Rivers Road in Wilde Lake village.

During Tuesday night's public hearing on the budget, 16 people testified against the proposed golf course, while 11 spoke in support of it, said Pam Mack, vice president for community relations for the Columbia Association.

By midday yesterday, 23 individuals and 16 organizations, including council advisory boards and community groups, had signed up to testify at tonight's hearing, Ms. Mack said.

She said many who have signed up to testify have indicated they will talk about the golf course, though other issues will be addressed.

Group representatives will be allowed five minutes to speak; individuals will be allowed three minutes.

The Columbia Council has debated the golf course issue for months and has until March 1 to decide whether to include the project in the proposed $30.2 million operating budget for fiscal year 1994, which begins May 1.

Council members have split over whether to deny the project altogether, approve an 18-hole project or pare the project back to nine holes.

Supporters say the course would be a financial success and a boost to Columbia Association revenue, and would not adversely affect woods and wetlands on the site.

Opponents say the 18-hole course would be risky financially and would adversely affect woods and wetlands along the Little Patuxent River, which flows through the 204-acre site in the villages of Town Center and Wilde Lake.

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