CANYON COUNTRY : Off-Road Vehicle Park Opposed

Residents of a rural Canyon Country area where Los Angeles County wants to locate an off-road vehicle park said Wednesday that they are opposed to the plan because of the dust, noise and traffic it will cause.

Rose Coyle, an officer with the Lower Mint Canyon Property Owners Assn., said her group last year submitted a petition containing at least 100 signatures to Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office.

Many of the area's residents own horse ranches and are particularly concerned about the effect of the proposed off-road park on their animals, Coyle said.

In addition, she said roads in the area are too narrow to carry heavy traffic, and residents worry that if the park uses a septic system it could pollute their water wells.

The county moved a step closer Tuesday to locating an off-road park in Hume and Baker canyons near Sierra Highway by approving an option agreement with the property's owner, developer Ray Watt.

The park still must pass environmental review and funding must be obtained from the state before that option can be executed.

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