Archive for Thursday, November 20, 2003

Planning commission to Field of Dreams: Play Ball!

November 20, 2003

Let's play ball. Or, in this case, let's continue to play ball.

The Leavenworth County Planning Commission voted Wednesday night not to revoke the planned unit development zoning on the property housing the Basehor Field of Dreams.

The Field of Dreams is a 34-acre facility that includes seven softball/baseball fields and four football fields. It hosts recreational and competitive tournaments throughout the year and is sponsored through the athletic association, a non-profit organization.

The commission, weighing complaints that the facility has failed to follow requirements regarding the use of ball field lights, was scheduled to decide Wednesday night whether to remove the planned unit development zoning from the athletic complex. If so, the Field of Dreams would revert to its previous zoning designation, rural residential, and could not be allowed to operate.

The complaint against the Field of Dreams is that ball field lights are turned on before 5 a.m. and left on past 11 p.m.

Instead of revoking the planned unit development zoning, planning commissioners gave members of the Basehor Athletic Association 30 days to come into compliance with regulations concerning the lights. The planning commission also required that the athletic association build a grass berm around a lagoon at the fields.

If the athletic association follows the guidelines, the Field of Dreams will remain under the planned unit development zoning and be allowed to continue to operate.

Representatives from the athletic association will meet the three-member Leavenworth County Commission at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to revisit whether the Field of Dreams is complying with the guidelines mandated by the planning commission.

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