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Coalition is opposing Thornburg raceway

 An artist's rendering shows the grandstand for the proposed Dominion Raceway on about 400 acres in Spotsylvania.
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Date published: 12/7/2012

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The online dialogue between the Thornburg coalition and fans of the Dominion Raceway, which also has a Facebook site, has been contentious at times.

Proponents of the raceway say the facility will bring needed jobs and tax revenue to the county and provide an entertainment option for the entire community. They also say Interstate 95 will drown out much of the noise.

Britt said Thursday that he expected some opposition to the raceway, and he thinks the opponents are well within their rights to voice their opinions. But he thinks the coalition has been putting out false information about what the track will really be like and the amount of noise and traffic it will produce.

"They've made some wild assumptions." he said. "It's not a credible group."

Britt said his team plans to submit its rezoning application to Spotsylvania officials before Christmas. He said information about traffic, fiscal and other impacts will be made public then.

He thinks the raceway will ultimately prove to be a very positive community asset, and he believes that the Thornburg coalition is a vocal minority.

The debate will soon move from the virtual to the real world on Dec. 13, when a community information meeting on the raceway will be held at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn at 5324 Jefferson Davis Highway in Spotsylvania. Britt plans to attend that meeting.

Public hearings will ultimately be held as well in front of Spotsylvania's Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Those dates have not been scheduled.

Spotsylvania Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Heidig said the raceway project sounds like it would help economic development, but she thinks concerns need to be addressed before any decision.

Almost every issue has two sides, she said, which is why the county has public hearings.

"I don't really like to make up my mind until I've heard both sides. Somewhere, maybe, is the middle ground," Heidig said.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com


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