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(CA) Neighbors say no to Competitive Edge MX Park

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We had a strong show of support at the first meeting for the proposed Competitive Edge MX Park in Hesperia California. If you can make it to the October 20th meeting please come.

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Neighbors say no to MX Park

Opponents of motocross facility hope to put brakes on zone change to allow for construction

By GRETCHEN LOSI/Staff Writer

OAK HILLS — Some residents of homes near a proposed motocross park are racing to Hesperia City Hall to stop the facility before its first green flag drops.

Their goal is to put the brakes on the zone change needed to let Competitive Edge MX Park Inc. build a 77-acre facility for motocross enthusiasts. Competitive edge hopes to get the zone change at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting.

"I sold an expensive house, gave up my Prop 13 (property tax break), and moved out to Oak Hills over 3 years ago to live the quiet and peaceful life. We all did." William Burdett said. "Now this place is going to heck."

The Oak Hills resident lives close enough to the site of the proposed park — which is just inside the Hesperia city limits — that he can almost read the writing on the water trucks parked there daily.

He and Edward Ruiz, another property owner against the proposed park, and the noise, dust and traffic they say it would bring, took a $324 check to Hesperia City Hall along with a completed Application for Appeal. Burdett and Ruiz said city officials turned them away.

"They said it hasn't been approved for commercial zoning yet so I couldn't file the appeal," Burdett said.

The Planning Commission approved the motocross project on Oct. 9. The park would have four tracks, a 3,100-square foot restaurant and an observation deck.

Jeff Nordstrom, Competitive Edge MX Park president, said last July that a major competition could bring up to 30,000 people to the facility.

If approved by the City Council, Nordstrom said they anticipate opening by February 2005.

Burdett said he has obtained signatures on a petition from all but one property owner in the area who oppose the park. He said all who signed live an average of a half mile from the proposed park.

Burdett said that he and others on the petition think that the track will adversely affect the property values of the neighborhood. Burdett and other residents say they fear that the noise pollution, air pollution and traffic congestion will become "unbearable."

"Our biggest complaint will be the extra traffic coming here off 395. It'll be bad," Burdett said. "Up to 30,000 people on opening day. It will be so bad they are already talking to Pilot Travel Center about using their parking area too."

Competitive Edge MX Inc. officials did not immediately return a call for comment. Hesperia City Hall was closed on Friday.

Ruiz, also not happy about the possible traffic congestion, said his major issues are the additional noise and dust the proposed park could cause.

"I can hear when one motorcycle goes by. Now I will have to live where hundreds will be going around the clock," Ruiz said.

Ruiz said the fact that the city didn't ask the surrounding neighbors if a motocross park in their backyards would be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, was simply unjust.

"They (city officials) told us all they had to do, by law, is ask those residing within 600 feet. Are you going to tell me the noise and dust is going to stop at 600 feet? Come on. That's wrong."

Burdett and others in the neighborhood said they will continue organizing their efforts for the Oct. 20 City Council meeting.

"We will be at the City Council meeting to protest this. I guarantee you," Burdett said.

Gretchen Losi can be reached at gretchen_losi@link.freedom.com or 951-6233

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