Resident’s suit against City, Apex thrown out for lack of ‘standing’

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Apex Motor Club

By Mason Callejas | InMaricopa

A Pinal County judge ruled Wednesday against the plaintiff in the last of two cases filed against the city and a company planning to construct a private racetrack in Maricopa.

Judge Robert Olson of the Pinal County Superior Court handed down the judgement, ruling against Rancho El Dorado resident Bonita Burks based on her argument having a weak legal standing.

Olson wrote, “The plaintiff lacks standing to challenge the issuance of the permit, since there is no evidence that the plaintiff will suffer any injury that is more substantial than suffered by the community at large.”

Burks’ complaint alleged the Apex Motor Group track would prohibit “full enjoyment” of her property due to potential noise, odor and traffic created by the track.

Her residence is more than five miles from the area in question, and is located on the opposing side of a major roadway, State Route 347, used by thousands of vehicles daily.