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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 am

HAYDEN - The Coeur d'Alene Sting Soccer Club has applied for a special-use permit to establish a soccer complex on 40 acres in Hayden.

A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 21, in front of the Hayden planning and zoning commission at City Hall, said Sandy Young of Coeur d'Alene, land planning and landscape architecture firm Verdis.

"We hope we get a good turnout," Young said Wednesday. She requested the permit on behalf of the Sting.

Developers calling themselves North Idaho Sports Complex LLC previously sought an 80-acre multi-sport field complex at the same location, which is just off Huetter Road between Prairie and Hayden avenues. The Sting was to be one of the primary users of that planned development.

Andy Barrett, a managing member of the North Idaho Sports Complex, didn't return a call seeking comment.

City of Hayden officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

According to the posted notice of the hearing, the applicant proposes that "the remaining 40 acres will be graded and seeded with a dryland pasture mix."

The soccer club wants four artificial turf fields and parking for 260 vehicles. There would be four storage sheds, a vendor and food-court area, and portable bathroom facilities.

The proposal includes soccer field lights reaching 60 feet, and shorter lights for the parking area and pathways. No bleachers or fixed seating are proposed.

The hours of operation for the complex would be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Written testimony may be sent to the city of Hayden's community development and planning department, and must be received by April 11.

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8 comments:

  • 1inIdaho posted at 3:52 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    1inIdaho Posts: 251

    The neighbors of this property (and others) who oppose the development into sports fields, are doing so for a number of reasons.
    Some of them wish to attempt to preserve the rural agricultural nature of the area.
    I understand this.
    When they bought this property decades ago, they were miles from residential developments, highways, and other busy roads. They manage small agricultural operations, and they perceive their ability to continue doing so as being threatened by urban sprawl.
    Alas; no one who bought property in this county decades ago, can avoid the growth that is occurring in our area. It is inevitable.
    In this particular instance, efforts to retain an agricultural flavor to this land should have begun over twenty years ago, as developments started to grow north and west onto the prairie between Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, and Rathdrum.
    Now, there are dense residential developments literally across the street from these farmers. The land upon which the developers of the sports complex want to build, WILL be developed into SOMETHING within the next two-to-five years at the longest.
    Personally, I think their best option for maintaining an open feel to the landscape, is to SUPPORT the sports complex.
    Certainly there will be a few outbuildings on it, and some light posts... but it will not be packed-in with 3-4 houses per acre. Traffic from users of the complex will most certainly be lighter than traffic from full-time residents of houses that would be built there.
    The lights from the fields, and the noise from parents cheering for their kids will be minimal, compared to the light pollution from 40 Acres of street lights, and the hubbub of a neighborhood of over 100 homes.

    Others object to the project because they have an axe to grind with the Sting soccer club (who will be the primary user of the new facility).
    This is petty and small... and very near-sighted.
    Whatever your beef is with the organization; small personal vendettas are hardly reason to retard the growth of the sport of soccer in our community. Is Sting the ONLY organization in the county that is growing soccer? Of course not.
    Will Sting having a complex where they can continue their mission (free of the constraints being placed on them by City and School district officials with short memories), kill the other clubs in the area, or take away people's freedom of choice?
    Hardly.

    Will the development of a sports field complex by the Sting soccer club benefit the the county?
    Absolutely.
    It will reduce the burden on the already crowded fields at schools and parks in Coeur d'Alene and Hayden... and give the Recreational programs in those cities room to grow.
    It will allow the grass on those school and park fields to recover, and provide even better places for the growing youth football and lacrosse programs to play.
    It will provide a venue for club soccer tournaments which bring millions of dollars in revenue into the area, as hundreds of teams (with thousands of players & parents) fill hotels and restaurants for an extra couple of weekends per year.
    It will provide a venue for hosting State High School soccer tournaments... and possibly, in the future, lower-division professional soccer games.

    Development of that land is inevitable. It is not the highest and best use of that land, to remain as unproductive crop land, unused grazing land, or open prairie. It IS the highest and best use of that land to create a space amid urban sprawl, that will remain green and open, while also useful for the healthy development of our children.

     
  • Neighbor posted at 11:04 am on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    Neighbor Posts: 6

    What a great spot for this type of use!
    Yes, there are a few existing homes on Huetter, but this is a much less impactful use for the area than another 200 houses! This would help Sting year-round and certainly reduce the logistics issues of the annual Hot Shots tournament in May.
    This is a win all around.

     
  • 425 posted at 10:03 am on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    425 Posts: 87

    OK, I'm pretty sure those houses are on the other side of Prairie. I'd think that road alone would be more of an "inconvenience" or "irritant" than some soccer fields. Would you rather have a huge subdivision built next to you or some soccer fields? Personally, having kids on teams that were constantly looking for enough facilities, I'd choose the fields. I'll support almost anything that gets kids off the couch... lol

     
  • iwassam posted at 4:14 pm on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    iwassam Posts: 48

    i drive by there every day and there are several houses nearby.

     
  • efromm posted at 12:10 pm on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    efromm Posts: 669

    I see houses in the background of the photograph the press took of the site. I am not being a downer at all just looking at what I see. Some people don't want that type of thing close to their investment...

     
  • 425 posted at 11:27 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    425 Posts: 87

    What homeowners? This in in the middle on nothing, so why be a downer for a great thing?

     
  • efromm posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    efromm Posts: 669

    Will the people living near this complex like to have people there till 10pm? It may be popular enough that it creates a conflict with home owners....

     
  • oscar posted at 7:17 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    oscar Posts: 1077

    This will be a great use for this piece of property. A nice place to promote youth sports and so mch bettr that more tract houses that seem to be taking over our area.

     
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