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Zoning issue bogs down BMX track at Fairgrounds
Organizers plan off-road event at this year's fair

KINGMAN - Work on getting a BMX bike track at the Mohave County Fairgrounds seems to have hit a slight bump in the road. However, residents will see a new off-road racing and truck event at this year's county fair.

According to city zoning maps, the fairgrounds property is zoned open space, said Gordon Both, chairman of the Fairgrounds Motor Sports Committee. Both said he met with Kingman Development Services Director Gary Jeppson and was told that BMX tracks are allowed by permit in some commercial and industrial zones but not in open space zones. Open space zoning is reserved for recreational uses such as parks or the fairgrounds, he said.

Jeppson confirmed Both's statements Tuesday afternoon. He added that on Monday, Aug. 16, Kingman City Council will consider starting the process to amend the city zoning ordinance to allow someone to apply for a conditional use permit for a BMX track in an open space zone.

If Council approves starting the process, it will be sent to the City Planning and Zoning Commission for discussion in September. Once the commission approves of the changes to the ordinance, it will be sent back to the Council for approval in October.

If Council approves the changes, the fairgrounds will have to wait 30 days after the changes are approved before they can apply for the permit, Jeppson said.

Both is working on a free off-road event to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 during the county fair.

The event is supposed to give residents an idea of some of the off-road racing, motocross, Tuff Truck and sand dragger racing Both and the Motor Sports Committee want to bring to the fairgrounds.

Members of the Walapai 4-Wheelers will also be putting on a show, using their vehicles to climb over an extreme obstacle course.

Those interested in joining the show or to help sponsor it, can pick up an application at the County Fair Association Office, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., and (928) 753-2636.

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