BELMONT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment has tabled a request from East Coast Militia MX for a special zoning exception to operate a motocross test track in an industrial zone off Rte. 140.
East Coast currently operates a track on Rte. 106 near the Lakes Region Casino and wants to move to a new location, according to Bill McHugh, president of East Coast Militia, who has told the ZBA that they want a bigger site than they currently have.
ZBA Chairman Peter Harris said that the board tabled the request in order to give it time to assess new evidence received at a public hearing for abutters that lasted more than two hours Wednesday night.
It was the second public hearing on the proposal that has attracted a large turnout, according to Harris, who said that one held in late June filled the Corner House meeting room.
''The abutters were still upset,'' said Harris, who said that many of the same concerns raised at the June meeting were brought up again, mostly with regard to noise levels over the weekend and the track's location within an aquifer overlay zone.
The 24-acre site property is located in an industrial zone and races take place on a dirt track with riders jumping over dirt piles.
McHugh told the board in June that there will be between 50 and 60 bikes at most, but usually only 10-15 bikes at one time. McHugh said the riders come and go at different times and there are three classes of riders; the kids class, the weekend warriors class and the racer class.
The application indicates there are substantial vegetative buffers in the area of the proposed track which will be open three days a week. The company will use its own water truck to keep dust to a minimum.
The proposed days of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and either Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m.
Harris said that the board will take up the application again when it meets on November 18.
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