UPLAND -- The city is moving forward on implementing a new parks and sports field usage policy to make better sense of how city field space is allocated.

The City Council approved the policy following the recommendation of the Public Works Committee.

"I'm just making a couple of minor revisions," said Roberta Knighten, the city's community services director. "One of them is increase residency requirement and the other is the 'everybody pays' portion of the new policy. "

In August 2000, the City Council approved the policy which established guidelines for scheduling the city's sports fields based on residence and type of use, according to the city staff report.

City officials held a meeting with field users and the public in November and January.

The policy was drafted in March and emailed to field users in 2012 for their review and comment.

The revised policy requires 90 percent of league players be Upland residents.

It also make a clearer distinction between competitive leagues, where players are required to try out, and recreational leagues, where everyone is allowed to participate.

City staff gets numerous calls from travel ball teams, all star teams and non-Upland based teams asking for field space.

There have also been requests from non-profit leagues to reserve field space for free, which is not addressed in the old policy.

The revised policy makes it more clear that every organization or group must pay to use the city's fields.

It also clarifies that leagues that have paid to maintain the fields or build facilities on the fields can continue to provide in-kind services in lieu of paying for field space.

Upland AYSO Region 32 as well as Upland National Little League have these types of agreements with the city.

"Many people are probably not aware that on all of our fields the leagues have actually been ones to build snack bars and in many places restrooms on those fields as well as provided lights," Knighten said. "They're very vested in those fields, and we want to maintain those relationship and we are appreciative of those relationships. "

Upland Councilman Brendan Brandt said he was part of the advisory committee that developed the first policy in 2000.

"This issue doesn't go away," Brandt said. "It seems like there's always a new club team or private team that comes along and it appears from reading the new proposed policy that this actually provides increased protection to groups such as Upland AYSO. "