Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 20, 2013

Cleburne stalls on potential east side go-kart business

Owners plan to petition council July 9

Go Kart Mania Dirt Track and Party Place owner Lynn Limon said she thought the city would “be all over it” given that residents have long called for revitalization and new business development in the east side of Cleburne. 

“That’s one of the main things we thought,” Limon said. “That this will bring people to the east side and probably help the businesses that are already here and maybe even bring some new businesses here.”

Limon’s hope is to transform about seven wooded acres in the 1500 block of East Henderson Street into a combination go-kart track and family friendly amusement center.

The Cleburne Planning and Zoning Commission derailed, temporarily at least, plans during their June 9 meeting. The commission doesn’t approve, but rather recommends proposals, which require city council approval. Commission members that night deadlocked 3-3 on Limon’s request. Limon must now present her proposal to the city council during their 5:30 p.m. July 9 meeting and hope at least five of the six members approve.

Limon set up a Go Kart Mania Facebook page and website and distributed petitions in support of her project, which she plans to present to council members.

P&Z members split, Limon and city officials said, after one or two adjacent land owners objected to dust and noise.

Noise would not be an issue, Limon said, given that the property is surrounded by trees and sits off the road behind an auto repair shop. Limon had her children, Megan and Matthew, drive go-karts around the partially completed dirt-surface track Tuesday afternoon to demonstrate that dust will not be a significant problem. Limon said she plans to treat the track to further reduce the chance of dust. Limon said she’s willing to work with the city to ensure her property meets all safety and city codes.

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