Tri-Sports Hoping to Move Forward with Construction at Rec. Center Fields

April 9, 2012

The West U City Council will tonight consider three variance requests from the West University Tri-Sports Association to move forward with construction at the Recreation Center athletic fields.

Tri-Sports has plans to construct two little league baseball fields and four batting cages on the west end of the city’s Rec. Center property.

In order for construction to move forward, the council will need to approve three variance requests that vary from the city’s codes.

Tri-Sports are requesting the following:

–          Baseball fiends and dugouts – requesting approval to exceed the 35’ height requirement, the maximum height allowed in a single family district zone, by 5’, specifically in the construction of a 40’ high foul ball safety fence along the eastern portion of the ball fields.

–          Total fixed structures allowed – based on the single family district zone requirements, a maximum of three accessory structures are allowed on this property. The four dugouts and the four batting cages would exceed this maximum by six structures. Requesting a variance to allow for the construction of six additional accessory structures.

–          Setback variance – in order for the four batting cages to be constructed without impeding on the existing ball fields footprints and the walking/jogging trail, staff is requesting a variance to the 5’ setback requirement for structures located in a rear yards, on the west side of the property by granted, if necessary.

The city and Tri-Sports negotiated phasing of the improvements in 2009 with the understanding that all costs associated with the project are paid for by Tri-Sports. Tri-Sports will also maintain the field improvements.

Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber, 3800 University.

To view tonight’s agenda, click here.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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