Archive for Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Field of Dreams to see changes in lights’ use

December 24, 2003

The Leavenworth County Commission approved a resolution Thursday, Dec. 18 amending the planned unit development agreement of the Basehor Field of Dreams athletic complex.

The Basehor Field of Dreams is a 34-acre complex that includes seven softball/baseball fields and four football fields. It hosts recreational and competitive tournaments throughout the year and is sponsored by the Basehor Athletic Association, a non-profit organization.

In November, the Leavenworth County Planning Commission, weighing complaints that Field of Dreams failed to follow requirements concerning the use of ball field lights, voted not to revoke the complex's planned unit development zoning.

If the planned unit development zoning was revoked, the Field of Dreams would have reverted to its previous zoning designation, rural residential, and could not have operated as an athletic complex.

Last Thursday, the three-member county commission added the following provisions to the Field of Dreams planned unit development agreement:

  • A notice must be made in Field of Dreams' by-laws of the rules and regulations of the planned unit development agreement.
  • A lagoon system at the athletic complex must be in compliance with county regulations within 30 days.
  • Unless there are extenuating circumstances, ball field lights must be turned off by 11 p.m. and not turned back on until sunrise.
  • No more than 12 "dusk to dawn lights" are to be turned on within 200 feet of each other.
  • No public address system or other sound system should be on after the ball field lights are turned out.

Tom Olson, Leavenworth County Planning and Zoning, said Field of Dreams representatives came prepared to the county commission meeting. He said the Field of Dreams is well on its way to coming into compliance with their planned unit development agreement.

"They had everything in hand when they came in," Olson said.

If the athletic association follows the guidelines and additional provisions of the county commission, the Field of Dreams will remain under its planned unit development zoning and be allowed to continue to operate, Olson said.

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