Wednesday, August 29, 2012

City of University Place (WA) Considers Changing Name to Chambers Bay


The USGA lists the 115th US Open as taking placing in University Place, Washington, but that may be about to change. The News Tribune is reporting that the Washington city of University Place is considering changing its name to "Chambers Bay."

University Place is the home to the famous Chambers Bay golf course which has hosted a US Amateur championship and will hold the 2015 US Open.  According to the article, the city suffers from an identity crisis as it is not home to a university at all and the city's "mayor finds merit in the idea because...outsiders often confuse it with the University District in Seattle or with that city’s upscale shopping center, University Village."

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/08/17/2259527/lacking-a-namesake-university.html#storylink=cpy

From a legal standpoint, the change is relatively simple.  Unlike forming a municipality from unincorporated land, which requires county approval in most states, a resolution of the town council adopting the new name would likely suffice.

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