Vail Neighborhood Group (RVNG) was formed to stop a noisy dusty ORV racetrack
from being imposed on rural residents of south Thurston County near the town of
The Mahan family proposed an off-road vehicle motocross track
that would have been located on their farm at 12307 Vail Cut Off Rd SE, in Rainier, WA. This area
of Rainier is zoned Rural Residential Resource (RRR 1/5). The track would have
parking for 97 vehicles, a 12,000 square foot “day lodge”, restrooms, and
overnight parking for RVs as well as music and entertainment. They requested a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a full commercial Motocross Park to
allow the following:
running 4 days/week from 8:am to 7:30pm, mostly weekends
Up to 50
motocross bikes at a time running on the track
Mud Drags, Rally Cars, Tuff Truck
practice sessions for races and tournaments
RVNG is made up of several hundred rural
neighbors and Thurston County citizens whose home values and quality of life
would have been affected by the NOISE and other unwanted
impacts of the proposed Cadillac Ranch Motocross race track.
RVNG is made
of rural property dwellers who know that
residences don't mix with motocross tracks -- it is common sense! The
residents in this area signed petitions, sent letters to Thurston County Planner,
Robert Smith, and some spoke at the Public Hearing that started July 29th,
Mahan's told the County that 99% of the neighbors are in favor -- this is
RVNG was formed to oppose the
intrusion of this off-road racing facility into rural Thurston County.
Click on Noise Map..
Our main concerns about a commercial track
Continual Noise! Noise! Noise!
Environmental impact – air emissions, fuel leaks into water supply, wildlife
Increased Traffic on narrow rural roads and rowdiness with little law
Decreased quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
Decreased property values
Self-monitoring by Cadillac Ranch was unacceptable.
would be sparse law enforcement oversight due to limited county budget.
approved, this race track would have altered the rural nature of our area forever and set a
dangerous precedent in rural Thurston County. It could have meant that
nearly any activity/busines that someone wants on their property could be
allowed by Thurston County, no matter how it impacted neighbors.
The Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group was formed to oppose a huge change to rural Rainier and our neighborhood.
The race track, as proposed, would have
affected the entire rural area for miles around and not just Vail Cut Off Road.
The noise alone can be heard for a three mile radius from the track. Based on
experience of other tracks in other neighborhoods/counties/states, we could
also expect an increase in spectator traffic and noise.
In the spring of 2013, Thurston County approved the environmental part (SEPA) of
the Cadillac Ranch's proposal to build a commercial off-road racetrack on
property zoned rural residential. In other words, the county determined that the track would not have
a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhood or the Deschutes River as long
as the noise, the dust, the traffic, the fuel leaks, and so on, were all
mitigated as promised by Cadillac Ranch???
RVNG appealed this SEPA Mitigated Determination of
Non-Significance (MDNS); the hearing for this appeal was held July 29, 30, and
the morning of Aug. 1, 2013.
The hearing that took up the rest of August 1st was
on the request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) that the Mahan family needed to
operate the ORV track. The public had the opportunity to voice their support or
opposition to this track, either by spoken testimony or written comments.
Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice considered both the SEPA appeal and the SUP request, together, and delivered her decision
on August 29, 2013.
Thursday August 29, 2013, will go down in local history. The Hearing
Examiner ruled that, ‘because the applicants did not demonstrate compliance with
the special use permit criteria, the proposed land use cannot be allowed in the
underlying zoning district’. Thus,
the Special Use Permit was denied,
the SEPA and MDNS were ordered to be withdrawn,
and the SEPA appeal was dismissed.
Read the full decision, briefs, and testimonies at:
Evidence of neighbor support for the legal steps taken by RVNG:
299 of us submitted written
50+ people gave verbal
testimony at a microphone during the Public Hearing
400 signed a petition
79 families have donated
Look what we have done! The
Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group appreciates all that everyone has done to
support a quiet, peaceful, harmonious neighborhood in Rainier and also to
maintain the rural character of all rural Thurston County.
Another huge thank you to all who have donated funds to help support
this endeavor. It is a costly one and more than we anticipated - $65,000 to
In April, just 5 families and a donor pooled their savings to get RVNG
started. A Motocross Race Track in any rural neighborhood does not work!
Here is an overview of where we stand financially, as of December 20th:
Expenses (attorneys’ fees, filing fees, expert testimony fees):
Donations received from 79 households:
not yet paid:
As you can see, donations have helped tremendously. All
of us have done a terrific job – we just have about 11% of the total left to pay
Given all this, can you donate $100 or more?
What you can do now:
secure donation via credit/debit card or PayPal by
going to our Donate
Send a check
to: RVNG, PO Box 773, Rainier WA 98576
Donations may also be made,
anonymously, at a “drop box" at Lemuria Boutique / Mail
Unlimited in Yelm.
Pledge: If you’d like
to donate more to RVNG than you can give right now,
please let us know of your intent to pledge by sending an email to
For example, a pledge of $100 could be given in four monthly increments
of $25 each. A pledge of $200 could be $50/month for four months, or
$25/month for eight months.
aware of what is happening in our rural area!!