The Lodi Planning Commission approved a use permit Wednesday for Bruce and Linda Minton to establish a BMX track on the unused future extension of Century Boulevard, near Salas Park.
The track will be built from high clay-content dirt and watered down to control dust during use. A sound system will be used to announce race winners during competitions and concession stands will be available for spectators.
The area, which is currently dirt and weeds, is to set to ultimately become a landfill of dirt creating jumps and bumps for bikes, said Konradt Bartlam, community development director.
The Mintons' company, Oak Creek BMX of Roseville, will operate the track.
The races will take place all year. Hours of operation would be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
"It's a nice addition to the parks department and a good partnership with a private operator," Bartlam said.
Kathy Faccini of Lodi opposes the BMX track at the north end of Salas Park because of dust, noise and parking problems.
The city plans to install an additional 108 parking stalls in a new lot adjacent to the park by the time the track is up in running, Bartlam said.
Compared to the sports games at Salas Park the BMX track would create less noise and parking congestion, he said.
The BMX track was first proposed in 1999 and has been in various discussion phases for more than two years.
In November, the City Council approved drafting an agreement with the Mintons to build and operate the track. A final agreement has not been reached.
The permit does not have to be approved by the City Council unless the Planning Commission's decision is appealed.
This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2001, to clarify the City Council's role in the permit process.
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