A new football field at Jupiter Christian School was recommended for approval Tuesday by the town’s planning and zoning commission.
The 547-student private Christian school wants to spend about $250,000 for a football field with 500-seat bleachers for the Eagles’ home games. The teams now use the current campus field, about half the size of a regulation football field, for practice at the school in the Jupiter River Estates neighborhood.
“Our school doesn’t have home fields where we can have that home pride,” said JCS President Jim Colman.
Traffic, parking, noise and litter are already problems created by the school, according to a petition being circulated by residents of the surrounding neighborhood.
A new field and bleachers will make the problems worse, said Victor Granquist, a resident of Jupiter River Estates.
“There is already not enough parking and too much traffic,” Granquist said.
The vote was 5-1 with Commissioner Phil Cipolla dissenting.
“The football field will bring too much traffic,” Cipolla said.
The Town Council is scheduled to vote on the issue Dec. 17. The council is not bound by the commission’s recommendation.
The varsity football team — which draws the biggest crowds — would play about five Friday night games a year on the new field, said Colman. No outdoor lights are planned.
“I hear the band practice. I hear the ballgames. I like to have families involved with their local school,” said John Carter, who lives near Jupiter High School and supports the new field.
The plan calls for the town to do a review of traffic and other issues after the 2014-15 football season.
“Traffic problems are already dangerous and would get worse if the field is approved,” said Jupiter River Estates resident Mary Swigert. “This is a traffic hazard waiting to happen.”