Approved - 5 to 1 on 10/19

Discretionary Use and Site Plan Modification - Hamlin School

Case: 811-21-000168-TYP2 & 811-21-000169-TYP3
Application from Springfield School District for a Discretionary Use Permit to allow for a sports stadium to be constructed on the Hamlin Middle School site. The applicant has also submitted an accompanying Site Plan Modification application to modify an existing baseball field to add bleacher seating for up to 1,900 spectators, a press box, team changing room and restroom building, food and beverage concessions, and walkway lighting for spectator areas.
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Agenda Item Summary for Proposed Discretionary Use and Site Plan Modification ( 0.1 MB )
Attachment 1 - Staff Report and Findings for Discretionary Use Permit ( 1.28 MB )
Attachment 2 - Staff Report and Findings for Major Site Plan Modification ( 1.04 MB )
Attachment 3 - Site Map ( 0.78 MB )
Attachment 4 - Discretionary Use Permit Application and Exhibits ( 6.23 MB )
Attachment 5 - Site Plan Modification Application and Exhibits ( 49.75 MB )
Discretionary Use & Site Plan Review Criteria

Criteria for Discretionary Use - Section 5.9-120

A Discretionary Use may be approved only if the Planning Commission finds that the proposal conforms with the Site Plan Review approval criteria specified in Section 5.17-125, where applicable, and the following approval criteria:
A.        The proposed use conforms with applicable:
1.         Provisions of the Metro Plan;
2.         Refinement plans;
3.         Plan District standards;
4.         Conceptual Development Plans or
5.         Specific Development Standards in this Code;
B.        The site under consideration is suitable for the proposed use, considering:
1.         The location, size, design and operating characteristics of the use (operating characteristics include but are not limited to parking, traffic, noise, vibration, emissions, light, glare, odor, dust, visibility, safety, and aesthetic considerations, where applicable);
2.         Adequate and safe circulation exists for vehicular access to and from the proposed site, and on-site circulation and emergency response as well as pedestrian, bicycle and transit circulation;
3.         The natural and physical features of the site, including but not limited to, riparian areas, regulated wetlands, natural stormwater management/drainage areas and wooded areas shall be adequately considered in the project design; and
4.         Adequate public facilities and services are available, including but not limited to, utilities, streets, storm drainage facilities, sanitary sewer and other public infrastructure.
C.        Any adverse effects of the proposed use on adjacent properties and on the public can be mitigated through the:
1.         Application of other Code standards (including, but not limited to: buffering from less intensive uses and increased setbacks);
2.         Site Plan Review approval conditions, where applicable;
3.         Other approval conditions that may be required by the Approval Authority; and/or
4.         A proposal by the applicant that meets or exceeds the cited Code standards and/or approval conditions.
D.        Applicable Discretionary Use criteria in other Sections of this Code:
1.         Wireless telecommunications systems facilities requiring Discretionary Use approval are exempt from Subsections A.—C., above but shall comply with the approval criteria specified in Section 4.3-145.
2.         Alternative design standards for multifamily development are exempt from Subsections A.—C., above but shall comply with the approval criteria specified in Section 3.2-245.
3.         Fences requiring Discretionary Use approval are exempt from Subsections A.—C., above but shall comply with the approval criteria specified in Section 4.4-115C.
4.         The siting of public elementary, middle and high schools requiring Discretionary Use approval is exempt from Subsections A.—C., above but shall comply with the approval criteria specified in Section 4.7-195.

Criteria for Site Plan Modification - Section 5.17-125 

The Planning Commission shall approve or approve with conditions: a Type II Site Plan Review application upon determining that approval criteria in Subsections A. through E., below have been satisfied.  If conditions cannot be attached to satisfy the approval criteria, the Planning Commission shall deny the application.
A.        The zoning is consistent with the Metro Plan diagram, and/or the applicable Refinement Plan diagram, Plan District map, and Conceptual Development Plan.
B.        Capacity requirements of public and private facilities, including, but not limited to, water and electricity; sanitary sewer and stormwater management facilities; and streets and traffic safety controls shall not be exceeded and the public improvements shall be available to serve the site at the time of development, unless otherwise provided for by this Code and other applicable regulations. The Public Works Director or a utility provider shall determine capacity issues.
C.        The proposed development shall comply with all applicable public and private design and construction standards contained in this Code and other applicable regulations.
D.        Parking areas and ingress-egress points have been designed to: facilitate vehicular traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety to avoid congestion; provide connectivity within the development area and to adjacent residential areas, transit stops, neighborhood activity centers, and commercial, industrial and public areas; minimize driveways on arterial and collector streets as specified in this Code or other applicable regulations and comply with the ODOT access management standards for State highways.
E.         Physical features, including, but not limited to: steep slopes with unstable soil or geologic conditions; areas with susceptibility of flooding; significant clusters of trees and shrubs; watercourses shown on the WQLW Map and their associated riparian areas; other riparian areas and wetlands specified in Section 4.3-117; rock outcroppings; open spaces; and areas of historic and/or archaeological significance, as may be specified in Section 3.3-900 or ORS 97.740-760, 358.905-955 and 390.235-240, shall be protected as specified in this Code or in State or Federal law. 

Comments & Feedback

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This is an exciting partnership between Springfield Schools, Bushnell University, and the Springfield Drifters. As a resident of the neighborhood adjacent to Hamlin Middle School, I strongly support this request for discretionary use. I am excited to support all our Springfield baseball teams next season!
October 3, 2021, 4:23 PM
Chris Wig
4 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
Very little public notice given and short notice at that. Hamlin Middle School does not need a Sports Stadium on site to seat 1,900 people. The additional traffic in that area and the danger to middle school kids would be horrendous. Does Hamlin School get anything out of this? That land was for public use and open spaces. Plant trees. This area does not need another sports field! Construction has already begun with virtually no public input. That's insulting to Springfield residents. Why is this even being submitted to the Planning Commission if construction has already started? I am distressed at another example of community assets misallocation.
October 2, 2021, 1:58 PM
Sue Mandeville
4 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
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