Town of Boone Files Complaint Against Mountain View Speedway

Published Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9:10 am
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Action at the Mountain View Speedway a couple weeks ago following the cease-and-desist order from the Town of Boone. Photo by Ken Ketchie

The Town of Boone has filed a complaint with the Watauga County Clerk of Court to enforce its zoning ordinance against the owner and operators of Mountain View Speedway at the old fairgrounds on Roby Greene Road.

The Town previously issued a notice of violation and order to cease activities at the race track until a permit was properly applied for and issued as required under the zoning ordinance. Unfortunately, the speedway operators have ignored the notice of violation and have publicly stated their intention to continue racing.

Until last year, the race track had not been used for motor vehicle racing for approximately 17 years. As a result, there was no “grandfathered” right to use the race track, and any new use of the race track had to be properly permitted under the Town’s current zoning ordinance. Neither the speedway operators nor the property owner have applied for or obtained a permit, despite the fact that their legal right to operate the speedway has been contested by neighboring residents since last summer.

In addition to seeking to enforce civil penalties accruing at the rate of $100 per day, the Town’s lawsuit requests that the court issue preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring that speedway operations cease unless and until a valid permit is issued.

See complaint here: Mountain View Complaint & Exhibits 16 CVS 226

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