COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Public Hearing – Darden Towe Tennis Lighting
Public hearing to consider County approval to allow future lighting of Towe Park tennis courts.
Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Mullaney
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
August 13, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
At its April 2, 2008 meeting, the Board was advised of a citizen request to allow the tennis courts at Darden Towe Park to be lighted. The Darden Towe Park Agreement between the City and the County (Attachment A) requires the mutual agreement of both jurisdictions to light any competitive sport or other recreation facility at this park. This matter was referred to the Darden Towe Park Committee (“Committee”) for a recommendation and a Committee meeting was held on May 29, 2008. The Committee recommended that the Board and Council each set this item for public hearing in order to receive input from the public prior to taking action. At its July 2, 2008 meeting, the Board set its public hearing for August 13, 2008.
Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Citizens.
Goal 2: Develop Policies and Infrastructure Improvements to Address the County’s Growing Needs.
There are four tennis courts at Darden Towe Park which are presently not lighted. Staff recommends that the County Board of Supervisors agree to allow these courts to be lighted for the following reasons:
Staff’s opinion that the tennis court lighting will have no negative impact on park neighbors is based on the following:
Staff recognizes that lighting of the facilities at Darden Towe Park has been a concern of park neighbors since the City and County entered in an agreement to establish the park in 1986. (Attachment B) When the park was being planned in the mid 1980’s, it represented the first park of its kind in Albemarle County with multiple facilities for field sports such as soccer, lacrosse, and softball. Nearby residents were very concerned about the potential negative impacts of this new park and in response to these concerns the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors strongly opposed lighting of the athletic facilities. As requested by the Board, the minutes of the February 5, 1986 Board of Supervisors meeting (Attachment C), which included a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan amendment for what is now Darden Towe Park, are attached.
If after the public hearing the Board agrees to allow the tennis courts to be lighted, staff has prepared a resolution for the Board’s consideration to allow the lighting (Attachment D) contingent on similar agreement by the City and the approval of an acceptable funding and lighting plan.
The total cost estimate for lighting the tennis courts is approximately $125,000 while the annual operating cost is estimated to be $900. Capital and operating costs are divided between the City and County based on the relative population of the two localities. There is no budget impact at this time. Future project implementation will depend on the development of an acceptable funding and lighting plan.
After the public hearing, staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached resolution expressing its intent to allow the tennis courts at Darden Towe Park to be lighted.
A – 2007 Darden Towe Park Agreement
B – 1986 Darden Towe Park Agreement
C – 1986-02-05 Minutes
D – Resolution to allow lighting of Darden Towe Tennis Courts
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