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Youth League Wants Soccer Complex, Neighbors Object

Posted June 3, 2007

— A Johnston County youth soccer league wants a soccer complex to call home.

It needs county commissioners' approval to build three fields on land it has already purchased. But the group is facing some tough opponents – neighbors.

Donald Parker is vice president of the Johnston United Soccer Association - a league with 550 kids, ages four to 18. They practice at schools and city parks and have spent about $10,000 renting fields.

"When kids are younger, we can play on baseball outfields, fields that are smaller. But when they're older, we need full-sized fields for kids to play on. Those are very scarce in Johnston County,” Parker said.

The problem, according to the group, is that other organizations need to use the fields as well.

J-USA has decided it needs its own soccer complex. One parent bought 25 acres off Jordan-Narron Road. Plans call for three soccer fields, lights and 120 parking spots.

Michael Bavaro lives 300 feet away from the proposed field.

“Right now, you can hear birds. You can hear frogs,” he said.

Bavaro says he moved into the country to get away. He is concerned about the noise and increased traffic on the two-lane rural road.

“If we have to be subjected to that much noise, then the purpose of living in the country becomes obsolete,” he said. “My fears are you'll see and read about an accident coming off that corner."

More than two-dozen neighbors have already hired an attorney to battle the proposed field, according to Bavaro.

"You can't expect 100 kids to be out here playing soccer and not be noisy,” he said. “I've had people tell me parents are even louder, rooting on the kids."

Parker said his soccer group will build a natural buffer. Plus, they have already raised $30,000 to get the soccer complex idea rolling.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re the one that have to pay for this, but the need is that strong,” Parker said.

County commissioners will vote on the proposal Monday night. People from both sides plan to show up in full force. If approved, the soccer group hopes to have the fields ready by next spring.


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  • wralisranbytheliberalnazis Jun 5, 2007

    Since when can you control what land gets developed when you dont own it. --- Bob Sidel

    Apparently you've never heard of the Home Owner's Association

  • chiefmanyhorses Jun 4, 2007

    Aw, just kill em' all then let God sort them out.

  • hedgy_one Jun 4, 2007

    You know, folks, change is the one constant we have to live with.... I live in Wake County, and I have seen many changes around the community in which I live. Some I like; many I don't. One thing I have come to know - you pick your fights. A soccer field is not the worst thing you can have in your neighborhood. At least it keeps the children (young folks) busy doing something constructive and away from gangs & graffitti! We all have to compromise a little to be able to live in a country that's "free for all"..... Let the man do what he wants with his property - whether he's white, black, hispanic, or whatever! We need to learn to live TOGETHER!!!

  • JDPike Jun 4, 2007

    NotSoWealthy - I actually live less than a mile from the Fayetteville Soccer complex and I love being able to jump in the car and take my kid to his games without having go through town.

    The thing that people complaining about this need to realize, is that you can't rule the world around you. Should I be able to keep you from building a new house next to mine because it doesn't match the style, color, or simply because I don't like the way it looks, no, and these people shouldn't be able to decide what is done with this land either.

    I believe if these people would just give it a chance and if the site is developed properly, then they would be very surprised at how quiet the surrounding area can actually be. The problem is that everyone wants things their way. They want it quiet, but don't want to fork out the money for land to surround them, so anyone else who buys the land adjacent to them should have to suffer because these people don't like the new landowners proposed use.

  • JDPike Jun 4, 2007

    PDMARTIN - "Exactly my point. You just made my argument simple."

    I said that the people should be "free" to do with their land what they wish as long as it is within the law. I also stated that this free country is getting less and less free.

    How is that your point, you are infringing on someones right to build on their own property. They have not infringed on your right to do what you want with your property. It doesn't state anywhere when you buy a piece of property that you have the right to have it peaceful and quiet around you or that you can decide what everyone around you does with their property.

    You are the one trying to decide what is done with property that is not yours.

  • elcid89 Jun 4, 2007

    All these arguments ...

    The man in question just needs to let them build it, then be diligent in filing complaints about any elevated noise levels he may experience. If that doesn't end the problem, just sue the property owner for creating a nuisance.

  • peace_of_mind Jun 4, 2007

    The man that bought it should be able to do what he wants to the land. Plain and simple.

  • trytoberational Jun 4, 2007

    seems to me that parks and rec of joco needs to use the money that was just approved in the bond issue to develope the land that they already have in and around clayton smithfield and other areas to come to accomadate the growth of the community as far as the traffic is concerned around these places it is not as bad as people think i live within 3 min walk to a very busy park in baseball season if people would use there heads and drive with common sense it will help all involved noise is not a big issue either after a while you grow accustomed to hearing it and it is actually kind of nice to hear a ball game on a saturday evening while sippin on a cold one let the kids play

  • dwntwnboy Jun 4, 2007

    Having lived in a neighborhood that had to fight the VERY same fight a few years ago, we did come to an agreement with the soccer folks. They built their fields.... but NO LIGHTS. This limits the times they can play to daylight hours. The noise is minimal during the day because of all of the other sounds of nature, and no loss of sleep because they can't play in the dark. The neighbors should try and work with the soccer folks and limit the # of fields and parking and then work on the light/noise issues. It can be done and make everyone OK.... not happy, but OK.

  • NotSoWealthy Jun 4, 2007

    I've read all the comments posted about this article. It seems that a lot of folks are responding only to the information given in the article, which leaves out a lot of information. The main issue here is location. No one who is opposed to the location is opposed to kids playing soccer or having a healthy outlet.

    There are a lot of comments that say "move to a subdivision." Been there, done that. Had to move out when our next-door-neighbors decided to have a domestic dispute and start shooting guns at each other. So we bought a private lot. Now we are being told that we should have bought 50+ acres so we could be all by ourselves. I don't think there are a lot of people with that much money at their disposal, including me.

    The question that I want to hear everyone answer is this: Would you want this type of thing in your back yard, and, if not, wouldn't you feel compelled to stand up for what you believe?