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Committee approves proposal for Lexington Sporting Club youth soccer field project

Josh James

A proposal to build a youth soccer complex on rural land between Newtown Pike and Russell Cave Road has cleared its first hurdle. But, as WUKY’s Arlo Barnette reports, many Lexingtonians are speaking out against the plan.

The Urban County Board of Adjustment granted conditional approval Tuesday to the Lexington Sporting Club’s proposed development on 147 acres of what is currently a horse farm. With the new zoning, it would become a 6,000-seat stadium, 12 youth soccer fields, and a 750-spot parking lot.

The public hearing lasted 6 hours, with opponents arguing that development would strip the land of valuable soil and set a precedent for Lexington’s protected farmland to be harmed by non-agricultural use. Others voiced concerns about traffic and noise.

The club said in a statement that with more than 1400 kids registered for their youth club, adequate field space is not available elsewhere in the city. The developer has agreed to build a 50-foot buffer with trees between the fields and other properties.

The proposal passed 6-1. Another hearing on the issue will take place next month.