County planning commission denies dirt bike track request. 

August 17, 2022

DeHaan’s layout of the facility on West Conrad Road.

County planning commission denies dirt bike track request. 

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — On Tuesday, the Mason County Planning Commission denied a request for a zoning text amendment that would allow commercial dirt bike tracks within areas covered by the county’s zoning ordinance. The vote was 5-1. 

Colin DeHaan, who made the request, had plans to develop a commercial dirt bike track on 24 acres located on West Conrad Road east of South Victory Corner Road in Amber Township. The land is zoned agricultural use which does not allow for commercial dirt bike tracks in that zone. The ordinance does not limit the property for personal dirk bike tracks. 

Currently, a dirt bike track is allowed as a special land use within the highway commercial zoning district. There are no commercial dirt bike tracks currently in Mason County.

The concern of placing the track in an agricultural zone was raised several times. A suggestion was made by some planning commissioners that a study committee consider the topic and make suggestions of where the best location for such tracks should be. It was also noted that the topic could have also been raised during Monday’s Mason County Parks and Recreation Committee meeting which discussed the topic of the county’s five-year recreation plan update. 

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