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Summit Point changes approved

January 09, 2002

Summit Point changes approved



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Several suggested wording changes to a zoning change that allows for an expansion of the Summit Point Raceway were approved by the Jefferson County Planning Commission Tuesday night.

One section of the zoning change the Jefferson County Commissioners were concerned about says the track "may add other automobile related facilities, including, but not limited to warehousing, parts, supplies and service for on-site racing vehicles."

County Commissioner James K. Ruland was concerned that the wording of the section was too open-ended.

The planning commission approved a suggestion from the county commissioners that the automobile-related facilities be limited to racing and training cars at the track.

The planning commission also agreed with the commissioners to add a definition for dormitory style lodging and to clarify how much of a track expansion is allowed at the property, among other changes.

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Even if the commissioners would not approve the zoning change, track owner Bill Scott would be allowed to expand his track by 35 percent under current county law. That is already reflected in the zoning change, which says Scott can expand his track by 8,870 feet or about 1.7 miles. The commissioners want to make sure the wording in the ordinance reflects that it is the 35 percent expansion Scott is allowed and that he will not be allowed to have another 35 percent expansion on top of the 8,870 feet.

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