N.C. County to Study Private Off-Road Tracks

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Commissioners for Burke County, N.C., have voted to study ATV use on private tracks, seeking to balance business interests with residents rights.

The committee will consider whether to amend the definition of a racetrack; whether any non-commercial off-highway vehicle use should be regulated by the zoning ordinance or should there be an ordinance just to address those vehicles, according to the information from the county, according to the News Herald.

The Commission hopes to recruit four off-road course operators and four from among adjacent property owners to sit on a committee to study the use of off-highway vehicles on private property. The panel would also include representatives from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the commission, staff from the planning department and two members of the county planning board.

Applications, available at the county manager's office or the planning department in Morganton, will be accepted until March 2. An online application also is available on the Burke County Web site at www.burke.co.nc.us; click on the "forms" tab at the top of the page.

Commissioners expect to appoint the committee at their March 16 meeting and hope for a report in May.

Posted by Holly Wagner