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Kart racing track sparks noise concerns for residents
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BRASELTON — A couple dozen residents showed up to a public information session on Thursday to learn more about a kart racing facility within town limits.

The project, under the current name of Georgia Karting, is being proposed by Dan Moore and Jeff Bacon on 17 acres off Jesse Cronic Road near Interstate 85.

Braselton Planning Director Kevin Keller said the meeting was called to allow "dialog back and forth between (Georgia Karting) and residents" in nearby subdivisions.

During the meeting, residents disputed the claims that noises from the racing facility wouldn’t adversely affect their quality of life.

But the project’s leaders said residents had nothing to fear.

"We did an informal sound study at a facility similar to the one that we are proposing," Bacon said. "At approximately 1,000 feet, you couldn’t hear anything from the track anymore — it didn’t affect a decibel meter."

Moore said the closest residence to the proposed facility’s property line is about 3,200 feet away.

The traffic from nearby I-85, existing buildings, distance from the track and shrubbery bordering the property all would act as sound buffers to any noise from the track, the developers say.

"We aren’t trying to force this down anyone’s throat," Bacon said. "We’re residents, just like you. We just happen to live in a different town. We want to be good neighbors and make this work."

In addition to kart and small motorcycle racing, the developers also are proposing to have kart rentals and kart driving school. As proposed, there would be activity at the track seven days a week for the majority of the year.

Although the meeting was arranged to give the public the opportunity to hear the details of the proposed project, no action has been taken by town officials.

The Braselton Planning Commission is expected to hear the proposal at its Sept. 28 meeting, and the Braselton Town Council will hold a public hearing on the project during its Oct. 8 meeting.

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