We are Citizens Against Motorsports Park and we are asking for the community’s help! CAMP is comprised of residents who are concerned about the potential significant impacts (environmental, economic, social) a proposed project – Mankato Motorsports Park* - may bring to our area.
Given a short time to file, we have started the process to appeal the city’s decision and require an Environmental Impact Statement to be completed before this project is up for approval. Please consider donating to help the community with the legal costs to see that due diligence is done!
You can learn more at our website: www.CAMPEagleLake.com or you can read below for the highlights! Our contact info is below.
This project was introduced to the Eagle Lake City Council in February 2019 and to the public with an open house held by the developer - Bradford Development - on June 12, 2019. A highly attended city council meeting on July 1, 2019 was the last time the developer was present to residents.
The released Environmental Assessment Worksheet and the public comment period in March 2020 brought on 13 comments in support of the project and 350 concerns/questions/corrections from the public/residents, MNDOT, DNR, Blue Earth County Public Works, Blue Earth County Property and Environmental Resources, and MN Pollution Control Agency.
Increased noise. Noise study completed was based on assumptions for this site and a manipulated driving “event” elsewhere. It also did not account for noise carrying over the rural areas or in town.
Increased local traffic. The traffic study was done for 3 days at the intersection of Hwy14 & CR17/27 and was based on the traffic to/from the hotel and golf entertainment center – both of which are no longer apart of the project.
Wildlife, habitats, the lake and shoreland. Eagle Lake South is a Designated Wildlife Life, one of only 70 in the state of Minnesota. This lake and the surrounding area is home to geese, deer, sandhill cranes, turtles, beavers, and many other animals present in this wetland system. While the shoreland wasn’t addressed in the EAW, a recent change to the ordinance raised some red flags as to the intent of shoreland use in an area of heavy vegetation.
Aesthetics and accessibility. Noise mitigation involves a 10 foot berm with a 10 foot wall around most of the property. This is a drastic and unfavorable change of view for adjacent residents who had previously stated their opposition to this idea. This structure will certainly affect the drifting of snow on a 2-lane county highway and this wouldn’t be limited to large snow events.
Conflict of Interest. Residents repeatedly questioned the involvement of 2 city council members who are real estate agents. One of these members brought the developer and landowner together but stayed silent about this information for 7 months. He also inquired as to whether an adjacent landowner would be willing to sell.
Loss of agricultural land. Urban sprawl is a growing trend and responsible steps should be taken to prevent irreversible damage and the consequences for personal interests. There has been talk of making this area “industrial”, despite families who long ago made their homes in this rural area.
Sustainability and availability. Having already been scaled back since the initial proposal, no areas for spectators and conflicting answers as to memberships and public access, would this facility be a sustainable benefit to the city of Eagle Lake? With a planned clubhouse including a bar/restaurant and possible fueling onsite, will it bring business IN to Eagle Lake?
Conflicting information and lack of transparency. The public has been repeatedly given conflicting information with few clear answers. Public notices were few and buried in the classifieds of the local paper. 80+ emails from the City of Eagle Lake and 3-4 have mentioned this ongoing project and process. Many think this project is still being proposed on land by the airport.
Despite many of these concerns not being adequately addressed or completely ignored, the Eagle Lake City Council voted 4-1 to not move forward with an Environmental Impact Statement and further explore the potential significant impacts this development could bring to the area. The EIS is necessary to not only protect the wildlife and land, but also the health and wellbeing of the residents who love this area for what it is – small town feel, farming families, and community.
Under Minnesota Statute 116D.04, subd.10 we have grounds for an appeal and have obtained legal counsel in appealing the city council’s decision. The goal is to make the Environmental Impact Statement a requirement before this project can be approved.
Progress and growth is inevitable, but “Build it now and fix it later” shouldn’t be acceptable – especially when the red flags are clearly visible.
Please consider helping us by donating and sharing our story! Any amount is greatly appreciated, and we respect any donors wish to remain anonymous.
Thank you for your time and attention to our story and thank you for the support!!
Erin and Mike Guentzel and members of CAMP
Erin: [email redacted]
*This project is NOT associated with Mankato Motorsports in Mankato.
- Nolan Wright