But project also must get City Council approval
The Sandy Planning Commission gave its unanimous approval Monday night to the city's plan to build a stormwater detention pond in Meinig Park and place a parking lot over it.
The holding tank, which would store up to 600,000 gallons of stormwater, would be under the current parking lot alongside Meinig Avenue.
During the public hearing, there were no significant objections to the proposal. There was some discussion about the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians in the narrow path alongside the park.
Initially, some commissioners wanted a sidewalk built wide enough for bicycles, but that would be too expensive and shouldn't be paid for with fees for stormwater management, according to Public Works Director Mike Walker, who suggested the Street Fund would be a better source of funding for a sidewalk.
One recent change to the original plan involves removing one of two options on where to introduce the drainage from No Name Creek into the detention pond.
One choice had been to divert the stream and move the inlet, but that option required approval of the Department of State Lands. Planning Director Tracy Brown told the commission that option was no longer in the plan.
If the City Council gives the project an OK, the facility would be built under the existing parking lot, but the lot would be raised nearly to the level of Meinig Avenue.
The reconstructed parking lot would contain 29 parking spaces, and would be paved with permeable asphalt on top of two feet of gravel.
The parking lot would contain new landscaping and lighting. A planter strip between the parking lot and Meinig Avenue would have added landscaping, including a mix of trees, shrubs and groundcover.
Two new pole lights are planned - one in each landscaped island in the parking lot.
Walker said about 10 trees would be removed during the project.
The City Council must pass judgment on this project to be certain that stormwater fees would not be increased too much as a result of paying off revenue bonds totaling approximately $900,000.
If the project is finally approved, Walker said construction could begin sometime after the festival in July.