Stop the Motorsports Park in Eagle Lake
Stop the Motorsports Park in Eagle Lake
Why this petition matters
On December 5, 2022 the Eagle Lake City Council once again decided that an Environmental Impact Statement wasn't necessary - even though they questioned the validity of the studies to determine the noise impact on wildlife. Our appeal was filed with the Minnesota Appellate Court on January 19, 2023.
Past updates (with original petition further down):
On April 26, 2021 the decision was published: the city's negative Environmental Impact Statement declaration was arbitrary and capricious. So the court reversed and remanded for a new EIS determination. The city failed to rely on substantial evidence to determine the project's potential effects on wildlife and failed to consider the project's cumulative effects on climate change. So after further review, the city needs to make a new determination if an EIS is necessary. (there is a longer update below, under the original petition)
On May 28th, 2020 the Eagle Lake City Council voted to NOT move forward with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The impact on wildlife, the lake, wetlands, etc. has not been thoroughly considered, nor has accurate studies been done to measure the increased noise and traffic.
We are in the process of filing an appeal of this decision and have had residents ask how they can help. Donations can be accepted at Support Eagle Lake . We appreciate any contribution and respect any donors wish to stay anonymous.
In the Matter of the Determination of the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Mankato Motorsports Park, it is set for oral arguments (via ZoomGov) on January 28th, 2021 at 9:30am. A written decision will be filed within 90 days. The oral arguments will be open to the public and can be found on the Minnesota Court of Appeals website.
Below is the original petition:
At the February 4, 2019 meeting, a project was brought to the Eagle Lake City Council with a request to build "Mankato Motorsports Park" (NOT affiliated with Mankato Motorsports) just north of Eagle Lake. The project would have Eagle Lake (the body of water) to the west, Highway 14 to the south, County Road 27 to the east, and 220th Lane/T-217 to the north. This project was initially proposed near the Mankato Airport.
Residents are asking for this project to be stopped for multiple reasons:
Noise - MMP states the noise level would be capped at 110 decibels. At the August 5 meeting a demonstration was given to show just how loud 110 decibels is. Noise is often carried by the wind, so this would not be confined to their property.
Traffic - The intersection at Highway 14 and County Road 27 is the site of many accidents, even after they redid the intersection (ignoring a request for an acceleration lane heading west, saying it "wasn't necessary"). County Road 27 already sees a great deal of traffic. This project would NOT be allowed to have Highway 14 access so it would have to be on County Road 27.
Effect on the local wildlife and environmental impact with being located right next to a body of water.
The loss of good agricultural land.
The effect this project may have on Eagle Lake. The developer has offered private trackside condos for club members, the possibility of a new "town square", a hotel, restaurant, etc. in efforts to promote this facility and make Eagle Lake a "destination". It is not a racetrack and there won't be a drag strip, as some residents initially believed. Will this draw people IN to Eagle Lake, or send them to Mankato if their needs aren't met onsite with further development?
Most importantly, the biggest concern of all has been the inconsistent answers to the concerns of the residents, whether they'll live right next to it or live in town. The developer attended the July 1st meeting and hasn't been back. It has been brought up by many community members that there may be a conflict of interest with some council members and the possibility of them having some personal gain with getting this project approved.
It was initially stated that "The developer is not asking for the City of Eagle Lake to assist in any of the cost for this development, including accessing or extending the public utilities to the site." But at the December 4th meeting a request was presented where "the developer formally petitioned the City to provide sanitary sewer and water main service to the Mankato Motorsports Park." This concern was brought up at earlier meetings with wondering how the initial proposal may grow or change as the developer sees fit.
We don't believe the developer has our community or neighborhood's best interests in mind. Many residents have stated their desire to have their quiet rural home or their community with a small town feel, to not have their town relocated across the highway.
We're asking the city council to deny the proposal and we need Eagle Lake to help! Sign, share, attend City Council meetings (first Monday of every month, 6:00pm, City Hall) and contact your city council members.
Garrett Steinberg, Mayor Pro Tem
Anthony White (new to council in 2021)
Beth Rohrich (new to council in 2021)
John Whitington (new to council in June 2021)
Former councilmembers involved in the EIS decision
Tim Auringer - Mayor (Term ended December 2022) - only one to vote for EIS both times.
John Ries (Term ended December 2020)
Ryan Short (Term ended December 2020)
Dennis Terrell (left council in April 2021, term would have ended in 2022)
***ETA: All concerns and points noted in this petition can be found in the city council meeting minutes on the Eagle Lake City Council website. https://eaglelakemn.com/city/meeting-minutes
Notable meeting dates for the city council: 2/4/19, 5/6/19, 7/1/19, 8/5/19, 12/2/19.
Notable meeting dates for Planning Commission: 2/19/19, 4/15/19, 6/17/19