Update on Cadillac Ranch Motocross Track, July 19th 2013

The Mahan family has proposed a motocross track to be 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 are requesting a Special Use Permit for a full Motocross Park to allow the following:

  • Open year round

  • Track running 4days/week from 8:am to 7:30pm, mostly weekends

  • Up to 50 motocross bikes at a time running on the track

  • Will include Mud Drags, Rally Cars, Tuff Truck

  • Weekly practice sessions for races and tournaments

RVNG was formed to oppose the intrusion of this off-road racing facility into rural Thurston County.


  1. Continual Noise! Noise! Noise!  Click here for the noise impact map

  2. Environmental impact – air emissions, fuel leaks into water supply, wildlife

  3. Safety - Increased Traffic on narrow rural roads, rowdiness with little law enforcement

  4. Decreased quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods

  5. Decreased property values

  6. Adverse impact on land use character, wildlife, air, water and traffic

Thurston County has approved the environmental part of the Cadillac Ranch proposal. In other words, the county has determined that the track will not have a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhood or Deschutes River as long as the noise, the dust, the traffic, the fuel leaks and so on are all mitigated as promised by Cadillac Ranch.

  • Self-monitoring by Cadillac Ranch is unacceptable

  • Sparse law enforcement oversight, due limited county budget

  • RVNG appealed the environmental approvals and hired attorneys

  • Public Hearing is set for Monday, July 29th at 10:00am at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building #1.

  • Thurston County is recommending Denial of the Special Use Permit partly because the track would cause “an undue adverse effect on adjacent properties and neighborhood character”.

  • If approved this could alter the rural nature of our area forever

The Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group is a small sparsely funded group put together to oppose a huge change to rural Rainier and our neighborhood. It will affect 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 the experience of other tracks in other neighborhoods/counties/states, we could also expect an increase in spectator traffic and noise.

In order to meet this challenge the Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group needs to raise money, community awareness, and to get as many signatures on petitions as possible. We could really use your assistance. This Motocross Track Park proposal would bring a sort of mini-NASCAR to quiet, peaceful rural Rainier.


  1. COME TO THE PUBLIC HEARING on July 29th, at 10:00 am:
          Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1
           2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
           Olympia, WA 98502.
    The hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. and you are allowed to speak for 3 minutes.  We hope you will choose to state your opposition to the Cadillac Ranch Motocross Track. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking at the hearing, you can submit a written statement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Your presence is powerful.

  1. SEND DONATIONS to RVNG for legal costs:

Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group, P.O. Box 773, Rainier, WA 98576 – Or you can:

Go to our new website at www.rvng.org and make a donation through the PayPal link. Yes, we need money to continue this opposition. We have excellent attorneys and they are necessary to win this fight. If we have to stop because of lack of funds, this track will likely become a reality in Rainier. Any size donation would help us greatly; even $10, $20 or whatever you feel you can contribute to this effort.

  1. Send your comments opposing further county approval: Be sure to send your comments opposing further county approval to Robert Smith, Thurston County Senior Planner – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  All comments must be received by 10:00 am July 29, 2013. If you have not written a letter of opposition to Cadillac Ranch in a long time, now is a good time to write another one. Redundancy helps. Let Thurston County know how you feel about the track in your neighborhood.

  2. Volunteer by asking people to sign our petition. Or at the least sign a petition. The deadline for petitions is July 26, 2013.

  3. Write to the three County Commissioners – Sandra Romero, Cathy Wolfe and Karen Valenzuela – to express your concerns. It is important they hear from us since they will make the decision based on the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation. Their web site is http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/bocc/

  4. Keep up to date on this effort by emailing us your contact information. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Precedents start small and become very difficult to reverse over time.

Let’s invest in our future NOW.

.....The Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group

We have no overhead, no paid staff. 
ALL contributions go to oppose the ORV Track at Cadillac Ranch.


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