Tiger Trail lighting plan denied by F’ville planners

Tue, 08/04/2009 - 4:13pm
By: Ben Nelms

The Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission last week denied an application to install permanent lights on the privately-owned Tiger Trail Community Field near Hood Avenue. Applicant and property co-owner Thomas Stephens is expected to appeal the decision to the City Council.

Portable lights have been in use on the site for some time for use by various athletic teams. Stephens’ recently submitted a proposal to install permanent light poles on the property. The issue was tabled in June to give him time to address the city’s requirement to have a plan that complied with lighting standards and to remove the portable toilets that were present.

In their recommendation, planning staff said, “The applicant’s submittal addresses the amenities that have been added to this site and not the applicant’s current use as a soccer field. The city has established standards for amenities that are sometimes associated with the type of use (a recreation field/park) that is proposed on the applicant’s revised site plan submittal. But the applicant’s plan does not adequately meet those standards.”

Present at the meeting was a neighbor living on Hood Avenue who expressed concern over the lighting proposal.

Commissioners at the July 28 meeting voted to deny the proposal based on the premise that it would allow for excess light for the surrounding residential area.

Stephens is expected to appeal the decision to the council.

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Submitted by JQ Citizen on Thu, 08/06/2009 - 9:42pm.

Taxpaying residents are protected by the ordinances of the City of Fayetteville, so that, as one municipal judge here stated, 'our citizens can live in close quarters to one another, in peace.' From your comment it is apparent there are some very important facts you either ommitted or are unaware of: The soccer club is a private,fee-paid, members-only part of the sports membership industry, thus it is already in violation of the City's 'USES.' of a property that is zoned R-22; the soccer club is actually operating there as one of several locations around Atlanta, because that corporation (yes, it's incorporated) has been banned from playing on the public fields that already exist within the City of Fayetteville, mainly due to their exclusivity and elitist attitude; the ground of the property was non-professionally graded by one of the two property owners, diminishing the light and sound barrier that once existed on that site to such a minimum as to render the barrier useless, thus several taxpaying residences are adversely affected by the lights and sounds emitting from that field, which is not officially 'Tiger Trail Community Field', nor is it 'Fayette Community Field', as the soccer club organization refers to it on their business website; the club is receiving from $250.00 up to and including $500.00 per player(depending on age group), yet neither the two property owners nor the soccer club was willing to pay the bid of @$75,000. to PROPERLY light the field in congruence with the actual schools' lighting, which is manufactured to specially meet the 'candle power' limitations as specified by the City of Fayetteville's ordinance on lighting affecting adjacent properties; that the Planning And Zoning Board as well as the City Council of Fayetteville have noted while in session, that both the two property owners as well as the soccer club has 'gotten away with an awful lot, without asking for permission, first' and that now every single time the high school now has any lighted activities, their lights now shine into taxpayers' homes, due to that non-professional clearing and grading of the property ownwers of that site; the soccer club is NOT a taxpaying entity in the City of Fayetteville, only the 2 property owners are billed at a RESIDENTIAL rate for annual taxes. Try working an eight to twelve hour day, five days a week and have to come home to near nightly (for 3+ years, including weekends) disturbance that is so close your wall is illuminated by it, your peace is destroyed by it and your legal right to privacy has been ignored and trounced on - think you're up for that? If so, let's talk trading residences, okay?

Submitted by Save Fayette on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 7:26pm.

Come on, here is a field that is next to the High School stadium and next to the High School and two elementary schools that keep every out side light on all year long. Let them have some lights at this field. This field keeps a lot of kids doing something good and off the streets. Let them have some lights. What has it come to not to let a soccer field that is ran privately not to have the same as the school system.

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