original purpose of this Category 23 Special Exception was
to obtain floodplain crossing approval for the entrance to
the Central Area Park facility on Meetze Road. The entrance
would be located in a floodplain backwater area. The
proposed park has limited frontage on Meetze Road. Entering
anywhere along that frontage crosses the 100-year floodplain
backwater upper limits. Meetze Road is better equipped to
handle improvements and traffic than Old Auburn Road, the
propertyís other access alternative. This request also
included fill in the floodplain associated with the
construction of the southeastern soccer field.
the applicant has requested postponement of the floodplain
crossing portion of the Special Exception to allow time for
a floodplain study (LOMR) to be done. The fill in the
floodplain associated with the southeastern soccer field
portion of the Special Exception shall be treated separately
via this request and is ready for consideration by Board.
the Planning Commission conducted a site visit to see the
proposed floodplain crossing location at the entrance of
Meetze Road and observe the location of the southeastern
On July 29,
2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this
item. At the public hearing, staff noted that the applicant
was researching removing the floodplain along Meetze Road.
Staff met with the applicant and the applicantís
representative (Parks and Recreation Department and its
design firm) prior to the July meeting to discuss obtaining
a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) for the 100-year floodplain along
Meetze Road. County engineers noted that the watershed
associated with that floodplain area was less than 40 acres
in size, and it was likely that FEMA would remove this area,
via a LOMR, from the 100-year floodplain maps since it is a
minor drainage area (i.e., less than 100 acre watershed).
As a result
of that recommended course of action, the applicant agreed
to pursue the LOMR process. The Parks and Recreation
Department has requested postponement of its floodplain
crossing request in order to obtain the requisite FEMA LOMR.
However, the Department also requests the Board of
Supervisors approve the fill in the floodplain request
associated with the construction of the southeastern soccer
Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:
public hearing and consider adoption of the
28, 2004, the Planning Commission recommended approval of
this item, subject to a series of development conditions.
Planning Commission staff reports are available upon
Financial Impact Analysis: