COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Public Hearing – Parks and Recreation Fees

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to consider a proposed ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 11, Section 11-105 to allow the charging of picnic shelter fees during the period that park entry fees are charged and to better clarify authority for setting park fees.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Mullaney

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

April 1, 2009

 

ACTION:     X         INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:             INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In October of 2008, the Parks and Recreation Department conducted a study of fees charged for comparable facilities and services by Virginia State Parks and other local parks and recreation departments in Virginia.  Based on the results of that study, the Director of Parks and Recreation has determined that fees for picnic shelter reservations in the County should be increased from $25 per day to $50 per day and, due to the extra service provided for picnic shelter reservations, the fee should be charged year-round.  Currently the County Code prohibits the charging of the picnic shelter reservation fee during the period that park entry fees are charged.  In addition, in recent years the variety of activities and park uses have continued to increase which requires flexibility in the ability to assess new charges and adjust fees to increase revenues or recapture costs which may be specific to a park usage request.  Some examples of new activities include triathlons, mountain bike races, television commercials, and field and court reservations by private groups.  While it has been the historic practice for the Board of Supervisors to establish park entry fees as required by the County Code and for staff to establish all other fees, the current County Code does not clearly designate this authority for setting all other fees to staff.  The process to amend the County Code requires a public hearing.  At its March 4, 2009 meeting, the Board set the public hearing for April 1, 2009.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents.

Goal 5:  Fund the County’s Future Needs.

 

DISCUSSION:

The attached proposed ordinance retains the requirement for the Board of Supervisors to establish fees for entry and use of parks, recreation areas, and swimming facilities under the County’s jurisdiction as well as the public hearing requirement for all entry fee changes.  In addition, the proposed ordinance clearly establishes the authority for all other fees to be set by the County Executive or his designee.  Finally, the proposed ordinance eliminates the prohibition against charging the picnic shelter fee during the period that park entry fees are also being charged and clarifies other existing regulations.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

If this ordinance is adopted, additional revenues totaling approximately $6,750 to $9,000 are anticipated for shelter reservations occurring during the time period when park entry fees are also collected.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached ordinance after the public hearing.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Proposed Ordinance

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