Good News about Taft MX

A motorcycle racetrack east of Taft, a yoga institute in Bodfish, onramps for the South Beltway and other proposed items will come before county planning commissioners tonight. Racetrack

What: Motorcycle racing and camping

Where: About three miles east of Taft on Honolulu Road, four miles south of Taft Highway.

How big: 160 acres.

Who: Layton-Melton Productions Inc.

Details: County planners recommend a thumbs up for the proposed racetrack, describing the site as "ideally suited" for such activity.

Applicants are seeking a permit to establish a permanent racetrack for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles on former oil fields.

The operation is far from homes, county planners say. Applicants have held races there under temporary permits without complaint.

About 150 to 300 vehicles will show up for each race, planning documents show. Races will be held about twice a month with practice sessions Thursday afternoons. All races will take place during the day.

Honolulu Road is a paved county road, and little traffic impact is expected, county roads staffers say.

Planners recommend about seven conditions, including some to protect wildlife.

The property is owned by Honolulu Hills Holdings, LLC. The company is registered to Charles H. Comfort III of Taft, state business records show. Layton-Melton Productions Inc. is registered to Darrell Melton of Taft.

No opposition to the proposal has been filed.

The planning commission's decision will be final unless appealed to county supervisors.

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