Snohomish County Code Pertaining to Motocross Track Development

30.28.100     Motocross racetracks - authorization, location and size requirements, and pre-application meeting.

     (1)  Motocross racetracks authorized.  Subject to the requirements of this section and SCC 30.28.105, motocross racetracks are allowed as a conditional use pursuant to SCC  30.22.100, SCC 30.22.110 and chapter 30.42C SCC in the General Commercial (GC), Business Park (BP), Industrial Park (IP), Light Industrial (LI), Heavy Industrial (HI), Rural 5-acre (R-5) zones, and in the Forestry and Recreation (F&R) zone on lands designated Commercial Forest land by the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) of the comprehensive plan; provided, however, that motocross racetracks are prohibited in the following areas: 
          (a) Natural area preserves identified by DNR;
          (b) Natural resource conservation areas; and
          (c) Old growth research areas identified in forest management plans.
     (2) Maximum size and location restrictions.  Proposed motocross racetracks must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be eligible for a conditional use permit: 
          (a)  Motocross racetracks shall not be allowed a development activity area of more than 75 acres, exclusive of private access drives to and from private and public roadways.  Perimeter vegetated areas required pursuant to SCC
30.28.105(2)(d) shall not be included in the 75 acre size limitation.
          (b)  Motocross racetrack sites located on Commercial Forest land shall be:
               (i) located no closer than 15 miles from the boundary of another motocross racetrack located on designated forest lands, except where an existing motocross racetrack is expanded; and
               (ii) located no farther than 4 miles from an Urban Growth Area.
         (3)  Pre-application meeting.  A pre-application meeting shall be required for all motocross racetrack conditional use permit applications.  The pre-application meeting shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of SCC
30.70.020(2) through (5).

(Added Amended Ord. 06-137, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007)

30.28.105       Motocross racetracks--submittal requirements, development standards and operation plan.

       (1) Submittal requirements.  Conditional use permit applications for a proposed motocross racetrack are subject to the submittal requirements of SCC 30.70.030 and shall include the following additional information:
          (a) A proposed motocross racetrack site plan pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, which shall be clear, precise, and drawn to scale.
          (b) A proposed motocross racetrack operations plan pursuant to subsection (4) of this section.
          (c) The following maps, which may be submitted separately or included with the proposed motocross racetrack site plan required by subsection (3) of this section:
               (i)   a vicinity map;
               (ii)  a DNR forest grade map of the property when located on commercial forest land, if available; and
               (iii)  a map depicting surrounding land uses at a scale no smaller than fifty feet to one inch.  Distances from existing residential dwelling units, bed and breakfast inns or guesthouses, schools, resorts, and level I and level II health and social service facilities shall be noted on the site plan.  Owners of such properties located within 2,000 feet of the motocross racetrack boundaries shall be identified by name and address on a map.
          (d) A signed statement agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the county, its employees, agents, representatives, and elected and appointed officials from any and all claims made against them arising from the operation or use of the motocross racetrack.  If the motocross racetrack operator designated pursuant to SCC
30.28.085(2)(a) is a person or an entity other than the applicant for the motocross racetrack permit, than that person or entity shall also submit a signed statement agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the county, its employees, agents, representatives, and elected and appointed officials from any and all claims made against them arising from the operation or use of the motocross racetrack.
          (e)  A traffic study providing information on the number of new vehicle trips generated by the racetrack use (both competitive events and daily use), and the distribution and impact of these new vehicle trips on the road system consistent with the requirements of
chapter 30.66B SCC.
       (2) Development standards.  Conditional use permits for motocross racetracks shall require compliance with the site plan and operations plan approved by the hearing examiner pursuant to subsections (3) and (4) of this section, respectively, and shall include conditions that ensure compliance with the following requirements:  
          (a) Motocross racetracks shall be located so as to minimize impacts to adjacent and nearby properties and other land uses. The development activity areas on motocross racetrack site shall be located no less than 500 feet from the property boundary of any existing residential dwelling unit, bed and breakfast inn or guesthouse, school, resort, or level I or level II health and social service facility, unless the conditional use permit application includes a written affidavit from the current owner of the residence or facility approving of the proposed motocross racetrack.
          (b) Motocross racetracks located on commercial forest land shall be planned and designed so as to minimize the disturbance and conversion of commercial forest land. To the greatest extent possible, development activity shall be located on the lowest feasible timber land grade available on the subject property as graded by DNR or other grading system approved by the department. 
          (c)  Motocross racetracks shall provide a minimum 100 feet wide vegetated area surrounding the development activity area of the site.  Private access drives to and from private and public roadways may extend through the vegetated area.  The vegetated area shall be effective in providing a visual screen from adjacent properties comparable to the Type A perimeter landscaping requirement of SCC
30.25.020(2), except as provided in SCC 30.28.105(2)(d).
          (d)  Motocross racetracks located on commercial forest land shall provide a perimeter buffer area with an average width of no less than 1000 feet, provided that, no buffer shall be less than 500 feet in width.  The buffer area need not provide a visual screen, but shall be retained and managed as commercial forest land. 
          (e)  Motocross racetracks shall not exceed the maximum sound levels at the sites property boundaries as specified in
Chapter 10.01 SCC.   The applicant for a motocross racetrack shall submit a noise study prepared by a qualified professional that identifies projected noise levels at the sites property boundaries.  The projected noise levels in the study shall be based upon the worst-case noise generation scenario for the racetrack use.   When projected noise levels exceed maximum levels permitted by county code, noise mitigation measures shall be included in the proposal to reduce noise levels to acceptable levels.  Noise mitigation berms may be used to reduce noise levels.  Noise mitigation berms may be placed in the perimeter vegetated area required by SCC 30.28.105(2)(c).  The county may request third party verification of the noise study results at the expense of the applicant.
          (f) Parking shall only be allowed in approved parking areas or in campgrounds, and shall not be permitted in the rights-of-way of county access roads.  The number of parking spaces to be required for all types of vehicles shall be determined pursuant to SCC
30.26.035.
          (g) Signage shall be allowed pursuant to SCC
30.27.060(5).
          (h) Campgrounds may be located within a motocross racetrack boundary.  Campground design shall be considered in conjunction with a motocross racetrack conditional use permit review subject to all applicable regulations including, but not limited to SCC
30.22.130 (32) and chapter 7.24 SCC.
               (i) Conditional use permit contact information, indemnification documentation, and required affidavits shall be kept current.  Within two weeks of any transfer of ownership or responsibility, the contact information, indemnification documentation, including the agency name, contact name, address, and telephone and fax numbers, shall be submitted to the department referencing the conditional use permit file number. 
      (3) Motocross racetrack site plan.  Site plans submitted for a proposed motocross racetrack pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be approved by the hearing examiner, consistent with motocross racetrack permit conditions imposed pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.  A motocross racetrack site plan must include the following: 
          (a) One or more maps showing:
               (i)   the area and dimension of the proposed motocross racetrack components and perimeter vegetated areas.
               (ii)  all adjoining right-of-ways and access points.
               (iii) the location of all existing and proposed uses, access drives and connections to public and private roads, and perimeter setbacks required by SCC
30.32A.120, as well as the dimensions of any existing or proposed structure,  parking area, camping area, or special activity area.
               (iv) critical areas located on the subject property pursuant to the requirements of
chapter 30.62 SCC.
               (v)  the location of all signage, including boundary, interpretative, regulatory, safety and directional signage.
               (vi)  the location of all required on-site waste collection facilities.
               (vii)  the location and directional orientation of all lights.
          (b) Narrative text addressing each of the following:
                (i)   the name of the applicant and contact person(s)
               (ii)  the location of the proposed motocross racetrack site and the physical characteristics of the site. 
               (iii)   if the proposed motocross racetrack is to be developed in phases, a description of each project phase, and a timetable for completion.
               (iv)  the name of the proposed motocross racetrack.
               (v)  the name of the property/track owner and operator, with address and phone numbers. 
               (vi)   a legal description of the proposed motocross racetrack site.
                (vii)  the name, address and telephone number of the firm that prepared the site plan.
     (4) Motocross racetrack operations plan.  Operations plans submitted for a proposed motocross racetrack pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be approved by the hearing examiner, consistent with permit conditions imposed pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.  A motocross racetrack operations plan must address the following:
                  (a) The name, address and phone number of the property owner, or an entity authorized by the property owner, that will be responsible for operation of the proposed motocross racetrack. 
          (b)  The type and number of annual motocross competitive events that will occur at the motocross racetrack, including the anticipated number of riders and spectators at a typical competitive event.
          (c)   A description of the daily use of the motocross racetrack when competitive events are not scheduled.
          (d) Best management practices for proposed motocross racetrack, including, construction, and maintenance, as well as forest practices stewardship for perimeter buffer areas when located on designated forest lands. 
          (e) Environmental monitoring to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed motocross racetrack, including noise levels at property boundaries, as well as a description of expected impacts on critical areas, visual resources, cultural sites, wildlife and surrounding land uses.
          (f) Development and management of the proposed motocross racetrack, including required or proposed insurance policies.
          (g) Safety training and education for the proposed motocross racetrack users, to be coordinated with dedicated clubs, associations and user groups.
          (h) Security measures to be implemented for the proposed motocross racetrack during competitive events including fencing (if any), boundary protection, accident reporting procedures, spectator management, and trespassing management plans.
          (i)  Motocross competitive event programming and management at the proposed motocross racetrack, including traffic/access control, sanitary facilities, fire protection devices and equipment, and crowd/spectator control, which must comply with the requirements of
chapter 6.37 SCC for public events and assemblies.  A separate public event/assembly permit is not required for each competitive event when the conditional use permit includes conditions that will satisfy chapter 6.37 SCC requirements, and the applicant can demonstrate that monitoring for compliance of all conditions will be accomplished for each event.  Compliance with the provisions of 30.53A, Uniform Fire Code related to fire safety including, but not limited to emergency vehicle access and water availability shall be required.
          (j) Rules and regulations for the proposed motocross racetrack, which must be posted at the entrance to the racetrack.  At a minimum, the rules and regulations for a motocross racetrack must address the following:
               (i)  hours of operation for the proposed motocross racetrack and a prohibition on racetrack use outside of those hours. Hours or operation may be limited by the hearing examiner to ensure compatibility of the facility with adjacent properties.
               (ii)  schedules for facility maintenance, as well as waste collection.
               (iii) a prohibition on motorcycle use in or upon any waters of any stream, bog, river, creek, wetland, or marsh unless specifically permitted by the motocross racetrack permit.
               (iv) a requirement that all lighting be directed away from adjoining properties.
     (5)  Alterations to approved motocross racetrack site plan or operations plan.  Proposed alterations to a site plan or operations plan approved for an motocross racetrack pursuant to this section shall be considered a minor permit revision pursuant to SCC
30.42C.110, provided that the revision would minimize environmental damage or improve safety.  All other revisions shall be considered major revisions and shall require approval pursuant to the requirements of this section.

(Added Amended Ord. 06-137, December 13, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007)

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