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Anti-raceway group speaks at Spotsy meeting

RELATED: See complete coverage of the Dominion Raceway

Nine Thornburg residents expressed their opposition to the proposed Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania County at a Board of Supervisors public hearing Tuesday night.

They reiterated concerns about noise, traffic, crime and the raceway’s impact on property values. Opponents of the raceway have formed The Coalition to Preserve the Thornburg Countryside, which has its own website and has waged an aggressive campaign against the proposed development.

“We voted you guys and ladies in, in my opinion, to protect us from such businesses…not to promote it,” Thornburg resident Jack Rouse said of the planned raceway. He said he doesn’t think the racetrack would have made it to the application stage if any supervisors lived nearby.

Coalition member Diane Kuechler asked supervisors: ““What would your reaction be if you received information from county government that said we are going to change your quality of life forever?”

The raceway last month submitted an application to Spotsylvania for a rezoning and special-use permit.

The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors both must hold public hearings on the project. No dates have been set yet.

Developer Steve Britt hopes to open the raceway in spring 2014 on 160 acres at the northeast corner of the Thornburg exit off Interstate 95. If built, it will include an oval track for stock-car racing, a drag strip and a road course.

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