Public information meeting scheduled for Cherokee Golf Course renovations

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced a public information meeting concerning a permit application for the proposed Cherokee Golf Course renovations:

Notice of Pending Application/Public Hearing for Proposed Wetland Individual Permit, Connected Enlargement, Dredging and Stream Relocation Individual Permits

Dennis Tiziani, authorized representative of Cherokee Park, Inc. 5000 N. Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704, has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for a Wetland Individual Permit for wetland fill or disturbance and associated Individual Permits for the creation of a Connected Enlargement, Dredging, and Stream Relocation of an unnamed tributary stream to the Yahara River (WBIC: 806300), in the Town of Westport, Dane County.

The project is located on the Cherokee Country Club at address 5000 N. Sherman Avenue Madison, WI 53704, near the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park in the Eastern Y2 of Section 24, Township 08 North, Range 09 East, in the Town of Westport, Dane County.

The project involves a complete reconstruction and redesign of the Cherokee Golf Course. The course will be redesigned, including lengthening holes, widening playing surfaces, and expanding of ponds connected to a tributary of the Yahara River. These activities will result in 2.13 acres of wetland impact by either filling or excavation. The overall elevation of the fairways and playing surfaces will be raised to improve playing conditions and site drainage. Maintenance dredging of the waterways through-out the site will occur along with a rerouting of one section of the tributary stream in the southwest corner of the site. Four main connected enlargements will be constructed by deepening and widening existing ponds
and other waterways on site. A total of 192,069 cubic yards of dredge material would be removed from existing waterways and by creating connected enlargements. The dredge spoils will be disposed of on the course for raising the grade. Additional clean fill material will be brought in from offsite. Numerous perched culverts for the cart path will be removed and replaced with clear span bridges or larger culverts. A total of 1.64 acres of wetland will be created from turning upland areas into wetland, and vegetation enhancements and invasive species will occur on the other 33.5 acres of wetland on site. The proposed plans are labeled concept 9.

The Department will review the proposal provided by the applicant and any information from public comments and the public informational hearing. The Department will determine whether the proposal complies with ss. 1.11, 30.19, 30.195, 30.20, 281.36 and 30.208, Wis. Stats., and Ch. NR 103, 150, 151, 343, 345, 347, 350 Wis. Adm. Code, and ensure that the required mitigation meets the standards ins. 281.36(3r), Stats. if the project impacts wetlands.

The Department has made a tentative determination that it will issue the permit or  contract for the proposed activity.

If you would like to know more about this project or would like to see the application and plans, please visit the Department’s permit tracking website at

and search for


The permit application is titled:

Narrative and Alternatives Analysis_01717_01719_03661_03662.pdf

Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

The public hearing is scheduled for:

Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Westport Town Hall-Kennedy Administration Building
6387 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI 53597

A virtual option for the hearing will also be available at the same date and time.

The hearing will be conducted with a Department hearing examiner. The hearing will be available via audio and or video means through the following website links:

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID:

819 4906 0868

Alternatively, you may participate by phone:


Meeting ID:

819 4906 0868

To help in the planning process, please consider sharing your intention to participate in the hearing at

You are not required to complete this survey to participate, but it will help in the planning process.

The Department scheduled a public hearing on this activity or project because the Department received a request for a public hearing from the applicant. The hearing will be a public informational hearing where members of the public can learn more about the proposed activity and submit written or oral comments about the waterway and project in light of the legal standards above. Any member of the
public may submit written comments by emailing or writing to Ryan Pappas, 1155 Pilgrim Rd., Plymouth, WI 53073 by U.S. mail. Comments should include the docket number (Docket # IP-SC-2021-13-01717; 01719) or applicant name (Cherokee Park, Inc.) and should relate to whether the project meets the legal standards listed above. Comments must be postmarked no later than December 3rd, 2021, in order for them to be

The final decision may be appealed as indicated in the decision document Docket Numbers: IP-SC-2021-13-01717; -01719; -03661; -03662

For the Secretary
Ryan Pappas
Water Management Specialist Date: November 3rd, 2021


More information

Tree removal plan for the golf course. (Tree removal has begun.)

Project history

Read about the announcement for plans to modernize the Cherokee Golf Course in our April / May 2021 newsletter,

Read about the DNR’s request for more information for the permit in our June / July 2021 newsletter.

Friends submit comments on golf course permit application – Aug / Sept 2021 newsletter.

Revisions made to Cherokee Golf Course plan

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