Council to again consider fate of York lawnmower speedway

Posted August 17, 2014 11:54 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Tonight, York County Council will consider second reading of an ordinance that would rezone 15 acres of property off John McCarter Road in York for a lawnmower racing track.

Owner Bryan Saunders brought the track and a home outside of York last August, but did not know the property’s zoning was not consistent with his use of it until earlier this year, when he received a notice from the county saying so.

“I was sold the property that it was all completely legal,” Saunders said of the Phat Bottom Speeedway.

While county staff and the planning commission have signed off on the plan to rezone Saunders’ property, neighbors told council at a public hearing July 21 that the races are incredibly loud.

“Literally the paintings on my wall were shaking because of this noise,” said neighbor Bryan Herring. “The idea that this is some small family event — No.”

Saunders denied Herring’s allegations and told WRHI the same lawnmowers are used now at the track as were used before he bought the property.

York County Council approved first reading of the rezoning in July. Should council have denied first reading then — or deny it in second or third readings, the Phat Bottom Speedway could be forced to closed, county attorney Michael Kendree said.

Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at York County Council chambers at 6 S. Congress Street in York, S.C.