A small group of residents from Ashton Court Road off State Road 12 between Quincy and Havana were back again in front of the county commission about organized soccer games being played on property in their neighborhood.
This was Paisley Pryor’s second time before the board as representative for the local residents. They had asked the commission for help in controlling the large number of vehicles on the non-county-maintained road.
Their concern, she explained, was the overuse of the privately maintained road that leads to the soccer field.
Pryor said on the days of the games (usually on weekends) there were hundreds of vehicles that drove and parked along the road.
In addition to the problem with the soccer games and traffic, Pryor said there had been an increase in other traffic problems as well with people stopping along the road and hanging out.
She asked that the county help find another location for the soccer games.
County administrator Robert Presnell spoke to the issue saying he had met with the residents of Ashton Court.
He said the landowner had a Type 1 Review which is required for land uses that are acceptable for property in the county’s code. At that time, he explained, it was represented as a soccer “practice field.” The landowner was also issued a permit for lights at the time.
Presnell explained that a soccer practice field was acceptable under Agriculture 2 property uses.
After a recent review of the property, Presnell said, and after looking at the county’s statutes, he determined that the current use had grown beyond the original Type 1 Review and would now require a Type 2 Review.
A Type 2 Review would require a more extensive look at land use requirements and is focused on commercial property which may involve such issues as setbacks and parking requirements.
Presnell stated that the soccer use had grown into something more than it had been represented in the earlier Type 1 Review.
The Type 2 process would require a formal application, a Citizens Bill of Rights meeting, and a review before the Planning Commission, with the final decision being made by the Board of County Commissioners.
The soccer field owner was not present at the meeting.
The commissioners delegated Presnell to determine with the county attorney what should be done next.