It was standing-room only at the Forest Township Hall in Millersburg last night. Lee Theis, president and owner of Motokazie, a motorsports race promotion and track-building company, made a presentation to area residents on the development of the MotokazieLand Recreation Park (PDF) in the highway commercial zone between I35 and Cty Rd 46 at Cty Rd 1 in Rice County.
Theis needs approval from the Rice County Board of Commissioners because this kind of organized motor sports is only allowed in agricultural and urban reserve zoning districts.
I stood at the intersection of Cty Rd. 1 and I35 and took this 22-second video to capture the sound of the freeway noise, as noise from the two motocross tracks is the concern raised the most by residents.
Next up: a public hearing on May 6th, 7 pm, at the Rice County Government Services building in Faribault.
See the website, Rice County Residents for Motorized Recreation (RCRMR) for more info on the MotokazieLand proposal. Supporters are asked to sign the petition and join the discussion on the Facebook group.
The Faribault Daily News has a good pro and con discussion page titled: In their own words: The Motokazie debate.
Other media coverage to-date:
Jordan man proposes $2.7 million motor sports park (Faribault Daily News)
Motor sports park seems a good idea (Faribault Daily News)
Motor sports park proposed off interstate and County Road 1 (Northfield News)
Motor sports park could be beneficial (Northfield News)
Motor sports park project set for public hearing on May 6 (Northfield News)
Residents say area may be in jeopardy (Faribault Daily News)
Change is inevitable (Faribault Daily News)
Noise limit in question (Faribault Daily News)
Motokazie Development Supported by the Chamber (Faribault Chamber of Commerce)
Motokazie aims to be respectful (Faribault Daily News)