An issue of importance to the Lafayette rec. league swimming community, and to Sun Valley Swim Team in particular, will be on the agenda at a City meeting on Monday, October 3.
In 2014 a new neighbor moved in next door to Sun Valley Pool. She very quickly went to the City to complain about the noise and music during swim meets at SVP. Over the last few years SVP has made a good faith effort not to increase membership, not to play amplified music at meets, to be more mindful of overall noise for their neighbors and to work with the City to reach a mutually acceptable conclusion to the dispute. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, they were forced to re-apply for a land use permit, which has left them in a precarious situation vis-a-vis the complaining neighbor.
Adam Foster, the Code Enforcement Officer/Assistant City Planner assigned to this matter, has made the following recommendations to the City’s Planning & Permits Committee, as relates to the SVP land use permit, which, if adopted, would present enormous challenges to the SVP swim team:
Require membership to be reduced to 1980s levels
– Eliminate amplified music
– Reduce swim practice to 2 hours a day
– Not allow swim practice to commence prior to 9:00am
Rec. league swimming has been a part of the fabric of this community for more than 50 years and adoption of these recommendations would be a terrible precedent, putting all of our Lafayette pools (which operate based upon land use permits) in jeopardy in the event that there is a complaint by even one neighbor.
The large number of privately owned pool clubs and swim teams in Lafayette have been in operation longer than almost any current resident, and certainly much longer than the complaining neighbor to Sun Valley. (Special interest moved in and decided they didn’t like living near a neighborhood pool club? Like moving next to a school and then complaining about traffic at pick up and drop off time?) Generations of Lafayette citizens have either enjoyed or at a minimum tolerated the traffic and noise of swim practices and meets in exchange for the great good they bring to the community.
Swimming teaches children an essential life safety skill, but the benefits go much deeper. Swimming, especially on a swim team such as Sun Valley, instills confidence, hard work, teamwork, and leadership into our children. These children develop lifelong friendships and many have parents and even grandparents who swam in these same recreational leagues.
The Lafayette pools strongly urge the City’s Planning & Permits Committee, not to adopt the recommendations made by Adam Foster.
Meeting Information Below
When: this Monday (10/3)
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Lafayette Library (3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549).
Attendees will have 3 minutes to speak and go on record with input.
AND/OR Email Adam with your input
Code Enforcement Officer/Assistant Planner