A resident who lives near Notre Dame de Namur University and says noise from the school's Koret Field is unbearable has appealed the Planning Commission's to allow youth sports to use the field.
Belmont resident Evelyn Seely filed the appeal on behalf of herself on Friday afternoon, just shy of the 5 p.m. deadline.
Seely and the 30 to 40 residents who comprise the group "Belmont Residents for a Tranquil Community" decided she would file the appeal herself in order to allow the other members of the group to comment when the item is brought before the Belmont City Council.
Had the whole group appealed, Seely said, they would have had to squeeze all of their remarks into 10 minutes. This way, she said, as the appellant Seely has 10 minutes to speak before the City Council, and any other residents who submit speaking cards will be given three minutes to speak.
Seely is opposing the July 19 decision by the Planning Commission to allow Belmont United Soccer Club and Belmont-Redwood Shores AYSO to use Koret Field.
"I’m not against sports, I have a relative who plays sports," Seely said. "Just because this field is there doesn’t mean it should be used all the time every minute that it can be used, because it’s also impacting the neighborhood in a negative way."
The commission voted 3-1 in favor of allowing youth sports groups access to the field after AYSO regional commissioner Greg Snow and president of the Belmont United Soccer Club Tom Snider said at the July 19 meeting they were to help keep noise to a minimum, and that they'd only use the field for one or two games a weekend.
"This field is not going to accommodate all these kids we’re talking about," Snow said at the meeting, referring to the roughly 1,500 kids who comprise the youth sports groups.
"We’ve got 10 other fields that we play on now. We’re obviously trying to get the turfed at the same time," Snow added.
The Planning Commission's permit was ultimately altered by the Belmont City Council, which NDNU said implemented too many additional restrictions. NDNU in February it would keep its 2005 permit, which didn't allow youth sports to use the field.
But NDNU also said it was willing to find a way for that to change. And in April, the two youth sports groups to the city for use of Koret Field.