The purpose of this M & C is to re-discuss and possibly approve the construction of a pavilion on the vacant lot at the corner of Peachtree and Poss Roads.
The City owns and operates the Leon Valley Community Pool, located at 6600 Strawflower Street. Adjacent to this pool is a remaining vacant lot that has been used in the past to park vehicles for the Fourth of July Celebration. The rest of the year, the lot sits vacant and is mowed and maintained by Public Works. It was proposed to construct a pavilion on this site, which would allow rental venue for pool parties or for other party type events.
This item was approved by both the Park Commission (June) and the City Council (July), but shortly after the approval, an opposition page with signatures was received from surrounding property owners stating their disapproval of the plans. The subject was remanded back to the Park Commission for further discussion. A survey was sent to residents within 200 ft. of the site, asking for their input. Fifteen (15) responses were received, with thirteen (13) in opposition and two (2) in favor of a pavilion.
At the September 14th Park Commission meeting, the Park Commission was given the surveys and the document expressing opposition, and they again discussed the proposal. None of the persons that submitted a survey or that were in opposition were in attendance. The Park Commissioners noted that the surveys indicated the causes for concern from the neighbors were the potential for noise, trash, traffic, criminal activity, and excessive parking along Peachtree. Several of the survey respondents stated that there was excessive noise already being experienced from the small pavilion along Poss Road from rentals.
The survey responses also indicated that the majority of residents would like the Peachtree lot to remain vacant, being used only for overflow parking during the special events, with the exception of planting some trees and possibly placing benches on the site. One respondent suggested making a map out of pavers and using the area as an educational tool.
The two surveys that were in favor of a pavilion stated that they would also like to have running water, outdoor games like horseshoes or corn toss, a playground area, barriers to keep people from trampling on adjacent private property, adopt a clear and specific policy requiring city personnel to routinely collect trash on adjacent properties, and to provide a name that would highlight the Poss family (this area was once owned by the Poss family).
A general discussion was held, with the Commissioners noting that the pool was already present, which caused noise due to its use, that the Police Department should be contacted when a noise nuisance is present at any public facility, that the pool needed a rental venue to make it more comparable to the Forest Oaks pool property and to offset some of the expenses, and that the property was zoned B-1 (Small Business) - not residential. They then stated that while they didn’t want to ignore the concerns of the residents, using the lot for just once a year parking was not an efficient use of the site.
The Commissioners stated that a compromise should be reached and that compromise could be to use the same rules as the parks, limiting the usage hours during the off-season rentals to sunrise to sunset, providing “No Parking” signs along Peachtree, providing a fence between the residential property to the north, restricting or prohibiting loud speakers or amplifiers, and installing a Low Impact Design parking lot to reduce potential run off from parked cars.
SEE LEON VALLEY
Social Equity - Providing the citizens with additional park amenities adds to the overall quality of life.
Economic Development - Increasing available park facilities may entice more residents, which would attract more businesses to either stay in or relocate to Leon Valley.
Environmental Stewardship - Parks and park facilities are critical in the role of preserving natural resources that have real economic benefits for communities. Installing park facilities provides opportunities to get children outside and provides education & programming that help communities engage with each other.
· Pavilion $20,000
· Electric $2,000
· Parking area Unknown
· Total Unknown
Projected Income (annual)
· Rental ($75 x 100 +/-) $7,500
· Application fee ($40 x 100 +/-) $4000
· Total $11,500
An exact amount won't be known until after the pool season is over.