NEW ULM - The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a 10-year, Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Tuesday by the New Ulm Flying Dutchmen Cycle Club Inc. in Cottonwood Township.
The CUP would allow up to nine road runs, hill climbs, flat track races and national hill climbs as approved by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and other like events from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and/or Sundays for 10 years.
Flying Dutchmen Club President Ron Marquardt read a letter dated Oct. 2, 2012, to the Planning & Zoning office regarding the CUP at the meeting.
Marquardt said the club could not be able to apply for another national hill climb unless the permit allowed one-, or multi-year national hill climb events to be held on one weekend, as approved by the AMA.
He said the events are the club's main income source that are being offset in recent years due to increased operating expenses and decreased income. He said events have security personnel on site as well as the New Ulm Fire Department Rescue Squad and ambulance crews.
Marquardt said club events impact the area with tourism dollars spent on lodging, food, gas and shopping.
"Most of our racers come from out of town, some out of state," Marquardt said. "They're more likely to come if they can race two days instead of one."
The CUP application included letters from Brown County Sheriff Rich Hoffmann dated Sept. 25, 2012, and former Brown County Sheriffs Tim Brennan dated Oct. 4, 2005 and Larry Pederson dated May 4, 1995 stating that their offices had not received any calls or complaints about club events.
Don Schaefer, who said he owned property just north of the club grounds, said litter - including plastic bags - clogged drainage and washed out a field.
"My land renter lost crop for a number of years," Schaefer said. "I submitted a bill to a couple other club members, but was not paid."
Marquardt said he would discuss the issue with other club board members.
Commissioner Leo Wilfahrt told Schaefer to discuss the issue with Marquardt (after the meeting, which he did).
Final approval is needed from the County Board. Commissioners will consider the issue at about 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20.
In other action, planning commissioners approved:
A final plat, single-lot split by Patrick Kloeckl, owner Marcella Goblirsch, Linden Township; property being platted is an existing home site being separated from tillable acres, remainder to be combined with acreage south of ditch.
A final plat, single-lot split by Patrick and Joy Kloeckl, Lake Hanska Township; property being platted is an existing home site being separated from tillable acres.
A final plat, single-lot split by Gary Richert, owner Virgil Kettner, Bashaw Township; property being platted is an existing home site being separated from tillable acres.