Xenia Township is asking neighbors to vote on a referendum Tuesday about rezoning part of the land at Kil-Kare Raceway.
According to Alan Stock, township administrator, 23 acres of land would be rezoned to allow for the raceway to build a store-and-lock facility.
“We just want to build some store-and-locks out front,” said Marshall Foiles of Kil-Kare Raceway.
That’s why Foiles is trying to get part of the Kil-Kare Raceway property rezoned from agricultural to B-3 zoning, which Stock said would allow for the store-and-locks to be built, pending approval from the township’s board of zoning appeals.
The operation would help bring year-round income into the business, Foiles said.
“You still have bills when you’re not running the track,” he said. “So property taxes are due in February, and the track’s not open. You still have electric. There’s upkeep. There’s repairs.”
Some are against the idea. Attorney Dave Reed represents Xenia Township Citizens for Smart Growth, a group opposed to the proposal.
“They were taking action without researching the issues, researching the concerns,” Reed said of township officials.
About 30 township residents have joined the opposition group, he said, concerned the rezoning would make way for an adult entertainment business to open on the property.
“I know the trustees have said adult entertainment won’t go there, but if you look at their own public record, it suggests adult entertainment could go there,” Reed said.
Marshall Foiles of Kil-Kare said that won’t happen, and township administrator Alan Stock said that’s not possible under B-3 zoning.
“It’s not in the M-3 district, and even if that was going to be rezoned M-3, adult entertainment couldn’t be there because they wouldn’t meet the setback requirement based on what happens in some of the surrounding properties.”
The township’s zoning commission and board of trustees voted to recommend approval of the rezoning, with one person on each group voting against the idea, Stock said.
Stock said the township isn’t taking a position on the issue, and it’s now up to the Xenia Township voters to decide.
If the referendum passes, Kil-Kare will be able to move forward with the rezoning process, Stock said. If it fails, Kil-Kare will have to wait a year before reapplying for rezoning, he added.