FORT ANN — The next step that could bring a 4,300-foot-long motocross track to the site of Country Meadows Golf Course is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Fort Ann Central School.
The town’s Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposal by Jeremy Treadway of Ticonderoga, who has an option on the site and would like to start work at the 106-acre parcel this summer.
If the Town Board meeting two weeks ago was a prelude, the members of the Planning Board could be in for a long evening.
More than 100 people turned out to share their views on the proposal with the Town Board, even though that board has no say in whether the proposal is approved.
That is up to the Planning Board, and since Fort Ann does not having zoning, the track is an allowable use so long as Treadway follows the proper application process. That was the same issue that came up with the now-approved Dollar General store project on Route 149.
The Town Board meeting included people who support the idea of a track and came with signs, as well as those who oppose the track and spoke of constant noise, dust, traffic and an immediate drop in their property values.
Several residents brought up a town law that instructs the Planning Board to consider possible “nuisances” in an application, including “noise, glare and unsightliness.”
Others pointed out that the town was considering a noise ordinance even before the track was proposed. There is a Town Board workshop on the ordinance scheduled for 6 p.m. June 30 at Town Hall.
Treadway and his attorney, Jon Lapper, were at the Town Board meeting.
“I want people to know that this track is going to be run professionally, and I am going to be on site 24/7,” said Treadway, who will be living in a house at the course if he builds the track.
Many neighbors and other residents were also present and contended that their property values would go down if the track was built.
“We’re talking about 50 families that will be directly affected,” Dave Campbell said at the meeting. Your tax base is going to be beat up pretty bad. I think a 90-day moratorium would not be a bad idea.”
Some residents supported the idea of the track but not the location.
“I think having a family-type activity is a good thing, but I am dismayed at the placement,” said Vicki Green, who lives on Buttermilk Falls Road. “I feel sure I am going to be able to hear that buzz.”
Don Schuster, who lives in West Fort Ann, was one of those who spoke in favor of the park.
“I think we need to be open-minded,” he said. “We need to grow.”