Z Golf Food and Beverage Inc. has been operating the golf course's clubhouse banquet facility since April 2011. They submitted an application for a conditional use permit to establish an event tent on the lawn just south of the clubhouse, which was approved by the Planning Commission in May.
Several residents living near the golf course have voiced concerns to city officials about the noise level at the clubhouse and tent as well as disturbances and activity outside the tent.
Their complaints include intrusive lighting, loitering, people carrying alcohol onto the golf course and into the community; people digging through trash; additional car thefts and break-ins as well as people smoking and congregating outside the tent and in the community.
The Upland Hills Homeowners Association signed a resolution stating they are in support of the tent operating as long as it is in compliance with the conditional use permit.
Upland Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall said there has been an increase in calls for service due to the noise, but could not say there has been any increase in break ins or car thefts.
Upland Police received 69 calls for service since the tent was first issued a special event permit on July 3 through Jan. 14. Of the calls, half were related to disruptive activities in the club house and one third were related to activities in the tent.
The club house is not controlled by a conditional use permit as the event tent is, which requires the involvement of City Code Enforcement.
City Code Enforcement performed noise measures at the club house on two nights and determined there were excessive noise levels.
After taking information from the residents, information from code enforcement on excessive noise levels as well as call logs from the Upland Police Department, city staff recommended Z Golf Food and Beverage Inc to:
-- Lower the sound level in the tent
-- Hire additional security personnel
-- Submit a revised noise study
-- Modify the light fixtures to minimize light intrusion as well as deal with strobe lights and spotlights
The Planning Commission agreed to give Z Golf 60 days to comply.