Motorsports race track: Great idea - bad location
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:33 pm
Re: “Rockyview Motorsports Park one step closer to completion, March 13.”
The proposed race track sounds like a great idea and would be welcomed by race enthusiasts. But they have chosen the wrong location. It is miles from any substantial roads and sewer or water connections. On race days there will be thousands of extra cars making left hand turns off of Highway 567. The proposed site is also within a provincially designated Environmentally Significant Area. Racing is dangerous, but the nearest Rocky View fire station is 12 km away. The nearest emergency room is 40 km away.
Putting the track within the East Balzac Area Structure Plan would put it closer to the existing regional entertainment and retail complex in an area already set aside for commercial and industrial uses. This would put the noise and traffic of the race track in a commercial area intended for such activities and much closer to the high capacity ring road for racers from southern Alberta. An East Balzac racetrack would be a few minutes from the Rocky View Fire Hall and only 20 minutes from the closest emergency room.
The role of the County is to manage land use, not accept any proposal that comes along. A race track is a great idea, but it should be placed in the best possible location, not one with poor logistics. A race track should be on land in a designated commercial area, not land chosen just because farmland is less expensive commercial land.
The Motorsports Park could be a great facility, but its location should be based on sound long-term planning, not the whim of the temporary owner of a parcel of land.