December 22, 2014

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Council OKs dome at Avon Oaks Country Club

AVON — Avon City Council made the final decision in a long saga about whether to build a dome over tennis courts in a residential area Monday night.

At a City Council meeting, members voted to issue a special-use permit to the Avon Oaks Country Club to build a dome over its outdoor tennis courts. After a month, the club will be free to build the dome, much to the chagrin of some Avon residents who attended the meeting.

“I just don’t think they’re concerned about the people,” said Joanne Legg, who has lived across from the country club for 10 years and attended the meeting Monday night. Legg’s statements echoed those of other Willow Creek residents who claim the dome will be an eyesore and lower their property values.

“It just shows you how big business can win every time,” resident Rick Varga said of the decision.

Brian McDonough, an attorney for the Willow Creek Homeowners, handed out information packets at the meeting. The packets detailed the ways that McDonough claims the country club is violating Avon Codified Ordinance 1280 through the excessive light, size and noise that residents believe the dome will create.

Saumil Jhaveri, president of the Avon Oaks Country Club, denied claims that the dome will be a nuisance for residents living in the area.

“It’s a lot of misinformation. Once the project is finished, it’s not going to be the eyesore that they think,” Jhaveri said. He added that indoor tennis courts have been in high demand for the country club, and installing the dome would be beneficial to its members. “It’s an asset to the community.”

Though many of the Avon residents disagreed with Jhaveri, no debate was held following the actual decision at the meeting.

“This was a David versus Goliath matter,” McDonough said, adding that he was disappointed that there was no discussion over the dome Monday night. “It’s important … that the public always has the ability to give input.”

In another attempt to make their voices heard, McDonough said he will be meeting with some Avon residents in the near future. They are planning on deciding whether to appeal for a review of the evidence surrounding the legality of erecting the dome.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.