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AMP withdraws application

Garage condos at issue

By Denise Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) has officially withdrawn its request for variances with stipulations.

In a written statement to Smoke Signals, Jeremy Porter, AMP owner, stated that the motorsports park wanted to make sure that everything was “properly filed” and “follows the letter of the law” regarding the future of AMP’s re-zoning.

“We have pulled our entire application on the park. We’ve done so to re-file properly with the garage condos to make sure the zoning follows the letter of the law.”

Any new requests—for the garage condos or otherwise—cannot be filed for six months, according to Porter.

“We wanted to make sure that everything was absolutely correct and we have to re-classify the garage condos to make sure that it is correct,” the statement read.

The condos would be for members only to purchase, according to Porter.

In previous hearings with the Dawsonville City Council and Planning and Zoning Board, the garage condos at AMP were described as “non-permanent” housing where park members would stay, typically during weekend visits to the park. Porter shared that by staying in these condos, members would be able to support local businesses, including restaurants, shops and attractions.

“These [condos] would be a large positive tax impact to the county and city without a drain on the resources like normal houses,” he said. “We pave our own roads. The condos would not tax the school system, and we have our own ambulance, fire and rescue on site that we staff and provide the ambulance and firetruck.”

Additionally, the second homes could lessen traffic as members would be leaving AMP at various times.

Since his original application in early 2017, Porter had modified his original request for an extension in operating hours to 9:30 p.m. from March 15 and Nov. 15 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and thirty additional minutes (10 p.m.) the remaining days. Currently the park remains open until 6:00 p.m. (Nov. through March) and until 8:00 p.m. (or one hour after sunset) the remainder of the year. The request to build non-permanent residential garage/condominiums and micro-cabins has remained unchanged and was even touted as a potential noise barrier.

“These would increase the sound buffer and reduce the sound emitting from the park,” Porter added. “The structures would refract sound as they would be located near the track, of a tall, solid structure, and have many different angles on the face.” They would be two to three stories tall and they would have car storage on the first (and possible second floor with a car elevator). Some would have a roof top deck with a fireplace according to Porter.

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