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Long-debated Thornburgh Resort near Redmond faces another public hearing as appeals continue

(Update: Adding video, comments from Deschutes County)

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Thornburgh Resort, first proposed in the mid-2000s, faces yet another public hearing Thursday evening regarding the destination resort's proposed 80 overnight lodging rooms.

Angie Brewer, a senior planner for Deschutes County Community Development, says it’s hard to tell how close the project is to happening.

“As it sits right now, there is an approved final master plan for the destination resort,” Brewer said Wednesday. 

She said the 1,970-acre destination resort southwest of Cline Butte near Redmond still has more appeals and applications to go through. 

“Overnight lodging units were approved conceptually in the master plan, but again there are the necessary site plan approvals for the actual physical development,” Brewer said. 

The resort was initially proposed in 2005 to include 475 overnight lodging units and three golf courses, but has faced criticism from some local residents and organizations on water use and other issues.

“There’s been a series of appeals on very specific issues, and it’s gone through several courts several times,” Brewer said. 

Although construction vehicles were present at the site on Wednesday, Brewer said only one phase of the approval process is complete. 

“There will be future phases, but again I don’t have those proposals in hand, and we have not yet received them,” Brewer said. “I would not expect it to happen before the end of the calendar year, let’s put it that way.”

The public hearing is on an appeal claiming the resort fails to comply with a new state and county resort law, which requires 2.5 individually owned units to every one overnight lodging unit.

“This destination resort is unique, in that its legal history is rather extensive,” Brewer said. “But as far as a proposal goes, there are several other resorts in Deschutes County that have had similar proposals, similar size.”

Nunzie Gould, who filed the appeal, said she encourages the public to participate in the hearing and reach out to the county with any questions.

Kameron DeLashmutt, the developer of the resort, has not provided a comment to NewsChannel 21.

The public appeal hearing will be held over Zoom on Thursday at 6 p.m. Documents can be viewed and downloaded here.

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12 Comments

  1. I thought CO was in severe drought and there was barely enough water for the current population to shower once a week. So now build more stuff to bring in more people. Yeap, makes sense.

    1. Lassie, Deschutes County has plenty of water, it is called the Deschutes River. When your hear about the drought and water shortages that is just Regressive Liberal Environment dibble. So agree with you Thornburgh “makes sense”

      1. Tom, As of 12/31/2021 Cresent Lake is 9%full, Wickiup is 30%full, both of these lakes feed the Deschutes River.
        The surrounding lakes are as follows. Clear Lake 6% full, Ochoc 0% full, Prineville 18%full, Haystack is 88% full. Seems to me the Deschutes cannot afford to water another 3 golf courses and is not an endless source of water. Cresent and Wickiup rely on water run off from the surrounding Mtns and very much dependent on snow run off. Climate change in the upper Cascade Mountain Lakes is very visible.I don’t know the logistics but why couldn’t they pipe water from Haystack and stop trying to squeeze water from a stone. A informative site to watch water levels in the Deschutes river is
        US Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Region Major Storage Reservoirs in the Deschutes River Basin.
        Best

  2. I rarely agree with Nunzie but on this one…get em’ girlfriend
    Once she gets her teeth into this she’s not going to let go, it’s been 20 years and she’s still working against the project.
    I will be lending a hand to protect central Oregon from overdevelopment and resource protection.
    We don’t need or can afford another resort with limited water resources

      1. Tom Sawyer nah just resorts with short term overnight rentals. There’s enough weekender tourists from Portland, Seattle and California around already…. Not to mention transplanted newcomer’s not really that smart and lack education in Earth science and resource management

  3. The developers went bankrupt, which kept the application dormant for years. Water is unavailable, the developers know this and continue to play smoke and mirror games. I have lived within 1 1/2 miles from “thorn in my side” for 31 years and my domestic well water depth has already dropped 15 feet
    We are told to conserve water yet we add 1000 new homes every year it makes no sense

  4. For a development that still faces more public hearings, there sure are a lot of dump trucks moving dirt and trees in this video. Looks like the development is already underway.

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