Despite strong opposition, a controversial
racetrack might open someday in the Ozarks.
The Taney County Planning Commission on Monday approved a permit
for the $250 million NASCAR-style track on 800 acres south of
However, the approval came with several conditions. Developer
Russell Cook will be required to make upgrades to handle the
increased traffic and finish all infrastructure improvements before
He also must build four sound measuring stations within a
half-mile of the track, and could be fined $5,000 if noise exceeds
68 decibels. The Springfield News-Leader reports that normal
conversation with someone a few feet away is 60 decibels.
Cook had threatened to take the racetrack to Arkansas because of
the opposition. Supporters say the track will bring jobs and
development to southwest Missouri.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader.