In the near future, pickleball and paddleball courts could be available at the Haute Spot event venue in Cedar Park.

What’s happening?

Haute Spot owners are requesting a special-use permit from the city that would allow them to add up to 14 outdoor pickleball and paddleball courts on a property adjacent to the venue.

The proposed plan is to place the courts on a 1.83-acre gravel lot that is currently being used for the event venue’s overflow parking, Assistant Director of Development Services Andreina Davila-Quintero said at the Jan. 11 City Council meeting.

Co-owner Erik Engh said the courts would be implemented in two phases, with Phase 1 including the first nine courts.

The courts will likely be operational on the days that events are not happening, Engh said. Further down the line, he said the owners are hoping to add a food truck or juice bar to the space.

A closer look

Because the proposed lot is used for overflow parking and typically fills up during larger events, council’s main concern is about parking availability on the days that events are taking place.

“With the sacrifice of the overflow [parking lot] to build these courts, what does that do to the Haute Spot,” council member Anne Duffy said.

However, Davila-Quintero said the Haute Spot does meet the minimum parking requirements for an event venue use.

“The overflow parking doesn’t technically need to be there based on the law,” Engh said.

Stay tuned

The special-use permit request will come back to council for a second reading and consideration for approval at the Jan. 25 meeting.