PRINEVILLE, OR-Eagle Crest Inc. last week submitted its final development plan for an 1,800-acre destination resort near here for which it hopes to start moving dirt this fall and launch construction next spring. Crook County officials are expected to hold a public hearing sometime in June.Redmond, OR-based Eagle Crest holds an option for the Powell Butte ranch land, which is located 18 miles northeast of Bend and provides panoramic views of Smith Rock, the Deschutes Valley and the Cascade Mountains. The company initiated the approval process for the project in March 2003.The master plan for the Western-theme resort allows for 900 housing units, which will include single-family homes and condominiums, fractional cabin-type units and a condominium hotel. The flagship amenity will be a golf course co-designed by Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design, a company owned by pro golfer Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, a well-known instructor, designer, and commentator. Other amenities will include a spa, restaurants, an equestrian center, swimming and tennis facilities. The development team for the overall project includes Design Workshop, a land-planning firm from Colorado; Cottle Graybeal & Yaw Architects also from Colorado; and W&H Pacific, a Bothell, WA-based civil engineering and planning firm. The project will be built out over a 10-year period.Eagle Crest owns Eagle Crest Resort, a 1,700-acre resort also near Bend that contains 2,500 housing units. It also runs the Running Y Resort in Klamath Falls and Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. Other existing resorts near Bend include Sunriver, Inn of the Seventh Mountain and Black Butte Ranch. Eagle Crest spokesman Ken Cates tells the resort will hit a lower price point than Pronghorn, a new high-end resort now under construction east of Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. Being developed by High Desert Development Partners LLC under the management of Hix Rubenstein Cos., Pronghorn will include just 300 home sites, two championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, a full-service spa, restaurants, a 30,000-sf private clubhouse for members and guests, swimming and tennis facilities and Camp Pronghorn for kids.

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