UPLAND -- The operators of the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet tent on the Upland Hills Country Club golf course have been given another two months to address violations of their conditional use permit.

The Upland Planning Commission reviewed the permit for the second time last week and decided to give the operator, John Zaruka, more time to comply.

Residents living near the golf course have been complaining to the city about excessive noise levels, lights and people walking around the property.

Planning Commission Chairman Gary Schwary told Zaruka to comply with the permit and meet with nearby residents.

"I don't think we should revoke right now," Schwary said to Zaruka. "I think we need this business in Upland. There are no places to go to book an event, which is why, but you have to without exception comply with the CUP. "

The commission also required Zaruka follow recommendations from city staff to submit a revised noise study, instruct security and management to take more active role in addressing complaints, hire additional security, provide community members the phone number directly to management for complaints, modify exterior lights, discontinue use of strobe lights and discontinue use of flames.


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In January, the Commission gave Zaruka 60 days to address several issues including lower the sound level in the tent, hire independent security at the discretion of the Police Chief to ensure compliance, submit a revised noise study, modify light fixtures and discontinue the use of strobe and spotlights.

Some residents have continued to complain regarding noise levels and lights.

Residents in the Upland Hills Country Club Condominium Association have sent letters of support to the city, but would like to see Wedgewood comply with the permit.

"The homeowners association as we've said in the past is 100 percent behind the tent, however we want the noise to be at the recommended level," said Ralph Hiller, president of the association. "Since your last meeting, up until last Saturday, the noise and the security has continued to be a problem in my estimation. "

Zaruka said many of the complaints are regarding events held in the country club's clubhouse, which does not operate under a conditional use permit.

"The problems seem to be more form the clubhouse and the noise from the people form the clubhouse," he said.

Upland Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall said he does not expect zero calls for service at the golf course, but believes stronger security would be beneficial.

"Are there problems up there? yes, but I think and I am convinced that if we work together and we enhance the security and put the onus upon the business owner to force his managers that work the events to stick to the guidelines or be fired - that yes we can cohabitate with this business and the residents that deserve peace and tranquility and quiet enjoyment of their property. "

Z Golf Food & Beverage Inc. is the parent company of the tent, which is a family owned chain of 20 banquet facilities, 18 of which are located on golf courses, according to information submitted to the city by Zaruka.

Z Golf purchased the food and beverage rights to the Upland Hills Country Club in March 2011 from the owner on the contingency that the city approve the tent.

The Planning Commission approved the tent in May 2012 after months of planning and unforeseen costs and regulations imposed by the city to build the tent.

"We love upland. We met the need for an affordable place for people to gather," Zaruka said. "There was a need here in Upland and we've met it very well. The demand has been very good we can make this thing happen. "