The applicant is requesting Design Review approval to upgrade the outdoor lighting fixtures on the existing tennis courts located at the corner of Belvedere Drive and Ricardo Road. The tennis courts are part of the Recreation District’s existing facility, which includes a playground, baseball field, recreation center, and outdoor swimming pools. The tennis courts are managed by District staff and open to the public for general recreational purposes.
As reflected on the project plans, the tennis courts are currently illuminated via freestanding light standards located around the perimeter of the tennis courts. Per application, the existing lighting is not specifically designed for sports courts. Further, the fixtures are inefficient and utilize outdated technology intended for street lighting; therefore, the applicant is proposing to replace the light standards with new standards, and upgrade the court lighting fixtures, from low-efficiency high pressure sodium fixtures, to high efficiency LED or metal halide fixtures.
The existing light standards, of which there are 12, consist of poles that measure 30 feet in height and small “arms” that extend over the courts in a similar fashion to street light standards. The newly proposed standards would consist of poles that are 25 feet in height, with four of the poles proposed to feature four foot long “arms”. The existing lighting pole bases are proposed to be utilized for the installation of the newly proposed poles.
In accordance with the photometric information provided, the light fixtures proposed to be installed on the new light standards would result in an average of 22.27 foot candles on the courts. Beyond the courts, the foot candles at Belvedere Drive would range from .5 to 3.6, and the foot candles at Ricardo Drive would range from .3 to 1.2.
As stated in the application, the tennis court lighting system will be controlled via adjustable locked controls, which would be built into each fixture.
Design Review approval is required because the project entails construction of new site improvements on the property.
Zoning: R1 (Residential Single Family, 7,500 square foot minimum lot area)
Countywide Plan Designation: PF- SF6 (Public Facilities, Single Family Residential, 4-7 units per acre)
Community Plan Area: Strawberry Community Plan