NEIGHBORHOOD FOCUS AREA MEETING
A Neighborhood Focus meeting was held October 24, 2022 to provide a focused discussion between immediate neighbors and the church and to explore potential design solutions. Approximately 52 neighbors and interested parties attended in-person and online.
OVCN’s Executive Pastor Chris Collins shared comments. He was followed by a presentation from the applicant’s representative, Paul Oland.
Questions & comments were focused on the following areas:
TRAFFIC & PARKING
NOISE & VIEWS
Trying to forge a compromise, Town staff asked the residents if there was a middle ground with which they would be comfortable. They remained steadfast in their opposition to the sports complex, explaining it would completely change the character of the neighborhood & ruin the “quiet enjoyment” of their property.
The residents contend that they accepted prior requests for expansion of the church & events in the parking lot, but the sports complex is a bridge too far. There is no compromise.
1ST PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION HEARING
The 1st P&Z Commission hearing was held December 6, 2022. This 1st hearing was similar to a study session - designed to familiarize commissioners with the project & provide time for questions. Twenty individuals spoke in opposition to the project; four spoke in favor of it. No vote was taken.
The neighbors also asked the Historic Preservation Commission (January & March 2023 meetings) for assistance with applying for the National Historic Registry. The commissioners were not familiar with the OVCN proposal or the Cultural Heritage Preservation Plan. There has been no assistance as of 6/3/23.
2ND PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION HEARING
The 2nd Planning and Zoning Commission hearing was held February 7, 2023. Two years had passed since the initial concept had been discussed with Staff. Oland had put forth six submittals, including professional studies, during that time frame.
Craig Coulter, the Lead Pastor spoke, stating that they had honored the Town's requests and gone through the rezoning process as asked, but it came down to land use. And as a church, both the state and federal government have given them land use rights.
Jerry Steel, the attorney representing the church, stated their position as a church, in the law, is strong & cited state and federal laws.
Twenty-three residents spoke in opposition to the project; 10 spoke in favor of it.
Town Attorney Joe Andrews advised the Commissioners that they must consider all the information received
& presented in this case, in addition to the legal advice provided in Executive Session.
STAFF SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS
“There are a number of key factors regarding the proposed rezoning. Those factors include:
Conformance with State and Federal law
The proposal conforms with many of the goals and policies of the General Plan; however, there are
significant compatibility issues regarding the intensity of traffic, enforcement of proposed traffic
timing conditions, amplified sound, and field lighting.
measures, there will still be negative impacts on the neighbors from the proposal from noise, lighting
and an increase in traffic.
conditions are included in the PAD to address special events and overlapping of activities.
and closer to CDO to minimize mountain view impacts for neighbors.
impacts of the athletic field
has been proposed to limit glare and light trespass, and code compliant noise study has been provided.
and view impacts.”
Staff’s presentation included multiple slides indicating incompatibility.
You can view the entire presentation here .
Several are depicted below: