(Taney County, MO) — The list of suitors willing to challenge a race track land-use permit near Branson continues to grow.
In July, Taney County Planning and Zoning rezoned an 800 acre piece of land. The decision effectively paved the way for a quarter of a billion dollar race track proposal with some limits.
Next week is the deadline to file an appeal over the land use permit for the Branson Sports Entertainment Complex.
Two groups who have issues with the rezoning agreement. Both parties plan to file an 11th hour appeal.
On the surface, not much has changed has at the proposed site of the Branson Sports Entertainment Complex.
Behind the motionless machinery, developer Russell Cook says the projects gears are grinding.
Im not very good at waiting, he says.
Cooks team has spent the last few months prepping to challenge the permit that effectively paved the way for the track proposal. He doesnt have a problem with the land-use permit — just the restrictions placed on it by the Taney County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Cook says, Weve got about three things that wed like to see changed. Three restrictions they have that we can hardly live with.
In an appeal to Taney County Board of Adjustments Cook plans to challenge the commissions specific event limitations, road construction requirements and sound restrictions that limit his track to 68 decibels.
I cant fault them for wanting to raise the decibel, says neighbor Stacy Whitfield.
The permit decision sounds just as bad to Whitfield. She lives right behind the track proposal.
Instead of challenging the restrictions, shes planning to appeal the approval of the permit itself on behalf of her neighborhood association.
She says, I know that code book inside and out now. They didnt follow the rules. Why have a codebook if youre not going to follow the rules.
Cook says neighbors like Whitfield shouldnt expect much project movement any time soon. The track wont start taking shape until all appeals are satisfied.
It will take a month before the board of adjustments will hear all of the new appeals.
While the deadline to file is next week, the BOA meetings in November.
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