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Group files double suits against race track’s zoning procedure

A citizen’s group initiated legal action against the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, claiming it stifled public input before it decided to rezone land earmarked for the proposed NASCAR facility.

Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning (KCRP) filed with two separate agencies in order to strike down the decision and re-open the public comment process.

The county’s zoning action, approved during the commissioners’ April 11 meeting, changed the designation of racetracks from a “prohibited” to an “allowed” use for land near the Bremerton Airport. The move specifically paved the way for construction of a NASCAR facility on that land.

Like other KCRP actions with regard to the proposed racetrack, the complaint is less concerned with the zoning change itself than itis the manner in which the change was effected.

“At the time, they said the action was to correct a clerical error,” said KCRP spokesman Charlie Burrow. “They need to re-open the matter and subject it to full

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