Brookhaven residents made it clear they still have many concerns about the proposed soccer fields on South Johnson Ferry Road at a community meeting July 17.
Kathy Zickert, an attorney representing the Concorde Fire Soccer Club, presented changes that could be made to the organization’s planned soccer facility at the meeting held at the YMCA on Ashford Dunwoody Road.
Residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the property are worried that the soccer fields would increase traffic on an already congested Johnson Ferry Road.
Zickert shared the results of a traffic study commissioned by her client, which predicted the facility would add an additional 113 vehicles per day to the road for a total of 226 trips.
She said the numbers were adjusted up 20 percent from the highest count to “be extraordinarily sensitive to the the fact that traffic is different during the school year and the summertime.”
“We did a full week of counts. Usually a traffic study is done based on counts done on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Zickert said. “However we wanted to make sure we got the most representative sample of what traffic is like seven days a week on Johnson Ferry Road.”
She said Concorde Fire will also decrease the size of the planned structure for restrooms, storage and office space from two stories to one.
“We’ve moved this structure forward (on the property), shortened it, and made it considerably smaller,” Zickert said. “We’re also willing to put additional limits on the use of that structure.”
Following her presentation, Zickert was peppered with questions from the standing-room only crowd.
Several people were unhappy with the results of the traffic study because it was conducted during the week of July 4, when traffic could have been lighter due to the holiday. Other people said they felt Concorde Fire had not done an adequate job of reaching out to their neighborhood.
The special land use permit application was recently recommended for deferral by the DeKalb County Planning Commission and will likely be deferred by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners later this month.