TAMWORTH — A racing company is appealing the Tamworth Planning Board's rejection of a special use permit application to conduct certain work around wetlands in its proposed race track.
The Derry-based Club Motorsports, Inc. is proposing to put a private racing facility on a piece of property in the Ossipee mountains by Routes 25 and 16. The project has drawn an outcry of opposition from town residents, who say the project will create noise pollution and harm the environment.
In September, Club Motorsports' special use permit application under the Tamworth Wetland's Ordinance was denied by the planning board. The company had filed the application to replace an existing culvert and upgrade logging roads around the site to paved accessways.
"We were stunned at the planning board's decision," said Club Motorsports President Jim Hoenscheid in a statement, "especially when the planning board has never denied any other landowner a Special Use Permit under the two for access or road ways. The denial is a complete misapplication of the two."
The company is appealing the decision in Carroll County Superior Court, calling the decision "discriminatory" and an infringement on their rights as a landowner. The company said it has already received permits from the state Department of Environmental Services and the Army Corps of Engineers
In December of 2005, a court ruled Club Motorsports had to receive a wetlands special use permit to proceed with construction. The permit was applied for in August of 2006 rejected by the planning board in November of 2006. In December of 2006, the company applied for another special use permit to convert existing logging roads.