SOLANA BEACH — A 6,000-square-foot temporary athletic tent in the northwest corner of the Santa Fe Christian Schools campus that was supposed to be removed in March will remain in place for four more years.
City Council unanimously approved a new conditional use permit at the Nov. 16 meeting as long as all conditions from a previous permit remain in place and the structure meets all current building code standards for tents.
Steve Kuptz, the school’s chief financial officer, said the steel frame has a 40-year useful life and the outside tent, which was replaced nine months ago, is expected to last about six years.
“It’s structurally sound and it’s not going anywhere,” he said.
In 2001, the city approved a multiyear master plan that included demolishing and rebuilding several structures for the private school that serves approximately 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Most of those projects have been completed.
A modification was granted in 2004 allowing the tent for five years, with an opportunity for an extension, until a permanent multiuse gymnasium could be built. In March 2009, the city granted a two-year extension that expired this past March.
But in July 2009, the municipal code was modified, requiring applicants to submit extension requests 60 days before a permit expires. Unaware of the new law, Santa Fe Christian submitted
an application but it was less than two months before the existing permit expired, so a new conditional use permit was required.
The California Coastal Commission granted the school a four-year extension in October.
The 30-foot high tent is currently used Sunday through Friday for physical education classes, club and team sports practices and recess.
Kuptz said the school would like to build the permanent facility sooner rather than later but funding is an issue. All money will come from donations mostly from parents.
He said school officials should have a cost estimate once final plans are complete. He said they should be ready to submit for approval by February.
“We’re hoping the economy turns so we are in a position to finish the vision,” he said.
When the previous extension was granted the school was required to meet four conditions to address traffic problems. Since then there have been few complaints, City Manager David Ott said.
“The school’s been very proactive working with us on those issues,” Ott said.
“We are actively seeking to be good citizens and good neighbors,” Kuptz said.