The owners of Competitive Edge Moto-Cross have been given the green light to continue operating a 77-acre motocross track on U.S. Highway 395 near Phelan Road.


The Hesperia Planning Commission last Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution recommending the City Council pass an ordinance that amends the specific plan. The amendment would allow the track's operation.


Currently the operator leases the land from the Hesperia Redevelopment Agency, which is expected to receive $120,000 per year from the facility's operation.


According to Chris Bugg of CMX, the company has a three-year agreement with the city, and he expects to seek another three- year agreement at the end of the current term.


But the city may go in another direction down the road. Therefore, the city is not requiring paved parking spaces, drive aisles and landscaping.


"This is considered an interim use," said city senior planner Stan Liudahl. "Ultimately it could become a totally different use. There's been talk that it could become a fairgrounds."


During the meeting, commissioners addressed numerous issues including dust, water use and drainage, traffic, medical services and other related issues.


The racetrack recently held one of its largest events and the operator is hoping to attract even larger ones in the future. However, events with more than 500 participants would require a temporary special event permit application, according to the agreement.