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Volleyball camp gets long-awaited permit
by Joshua H. Silavent
Nov 05, 2011 | 626 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city’s Planning Commission approved a special-use permit for the volleyball camp but restricted the camp’s attendees to 40 parking spots.
The city’s Planning Commission approved a special-use permit for the volleyball camp but restricted the camp’s attendees to 40 parking spots.
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SPARKS – The city’s Planning Commission on Thursday approved a special-use permit for the Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball Camp to operate at 1575 Linda Way, with a stipulation that restricts the camp’s attendees to 40 parking spots during daylight hours.

The camp, conceived as a training facility for teenage girls active in competitive volleyball, occupies 20,000 square feet in an existing building in the industrial part of the city and houses three courts and a weight training area for players.

The camp has been in operation since June but ran into complications when filing for a business license.

Because it shares a parking lot with neighboring businesses, concerns arose among city planning officials about overflow and safety conditions.

In October, camp representatives argued that parking was a non-issue during a commission hearing.

Currently, the camp is in its off-season, as girls’ high school volleyball is actively in play. Only during a 10-week summer session, when attendance is high and regional tournaments are held, will parking reach near capacity.

Ultimately, planning officials and camp owners agreed to the 40-spot restriction, which should allow the camp to meet its own occupancy threshold of about 65 players and 10 coaches present at any one time.

A few new conditions were placed on the special-use permit, however. For example, the permit is good only for the volleyball camp, whereas it previously covered any recreational business that might occupy the facility on Linda Way were the camp to move locations at a future date.

Finally, the camp is required to secure a temporary-use permit in order to hold regional volleyball tournaments onsite during the summer session when attendance and parking will exceed established occupancy rates.

In other news, planning officials continued a hearing on development handbook changes concerning landscaping requirements for the Sparks Marina RV Park until the commission’s December meeting.
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