The Maricopa City Council voted Tuesday to permit a motorsports complex to move forward with the planning of a proposed private racetrack in Maricopa.
The conditional use permit, filed by Scottsdale-based Private Motorsports Group, was unanimously approved by the council after a sizable group of both residents and nonresidents offered their opinions on the matter at the meeting.
While most speakers, some donning yellow APEX Motor Club stickers on their chest, advocated in favor of the motorsports complex and its potential to aid in economic development in the city. Others expressed concern with what they consider to be a hastily prepared project.
Maricopa resident Rich Vitiello of Cobblestone Farms, one of the neighborhoods closest to the proposed track, acknowledged his support for any economic boom within the city. However, he also voiced concern over what he considers to be an inadequate noise study conducted by the permit applicant.