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Dominion Raceway to resubmit its entrance application soon

RELATED: See complete coverage of the Dominion Raceway

Rendering of proposed raceway

A Spotsylvania County planner said Wednesday evening that he thought the proposed Dominion Raceway would be resubmitting its request for an entrance near an Interstate 95 ramp “any day now.”

County planner Leon Hughes made the remark while giving the Fire and EMS Commission a brief overview of the planned racetrack in Thornburg.

The raceway must receive a waiver from the Virginia Department of Transportation because its entrance is less than 750 feet from an I-95 on-ramp. Late last month, a VDOT official said the state agency could not grant the developer permission for the entrance—at least until raceway officials addressed a host of questions and concerns.

Angela Foroughi, the transportation and land use director for VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, wrote in a Feb. 25 letter to a county planner and a raceway traffic consultant that the state agency is “willing to continue discussion and will make full consideration of your request as we move forward.”

VDOT had just 30 days to respond to the raceway’s lengthy traffic study and entrance request, which were submitted in late January.

Fire and EMS Commission member Mark Kuechler, an assistant chief with the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, distributed a packet of information outlining his concerns with the raceway at Wednesday night’s meeting. His wife, Diane, is on the executive committee of the Coalition to Preserve the Thornburg Countryside, which has launched an aggressive campaign against the project.

You can check out the information Kuechler handed out to other commission members here and here.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the raceway’s request for amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan at 7 p.m. March 20 in the board chambers of the Holbert Building, 9104 Courthouse Road.  Planning commissioners will make a recommendation, and supervisors will have the final say.

The Planning Commission and supervisors must also consider the raceway’s application to the county for a rezoning and special-use permit. No public hearings have been scheduled yet on those requests.

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