By Sherri Ellington
UPDATE: Since the following story appeared in print, Brutz English appeared at a meeting of the concerned citizens of northeast Lamar County and said he plans to open his track this weekend, charge admission and plans to have BYOB alcohol on site, according to zoning administrator Dan Gunter who said such action would constitute a violation. Those remarks resulted in multiple complaints communicated to The Herald Gazette.
The Lamar County planning commission is advertising a May 6 hearing on allowing agritourism and agritainment as special exceptions with restrictions in agricultural-residential zones.
After this hearing, which will be held at 8:30 a.m., the county commission will take up the issue along with the planning commission’s recommendations. Commissioners could hold their public hearing in May or as late as June. They will have the final say on approval of the zoning code revision.
The change is related to Arthur “Brutz” English’s plans to open his 100-yearold family farm to visitors where they can pay to see race horses being trained on a track he is building there. The track is reportedly half complete.