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Remote control car race track gets green light in Wrightstown

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A dirt track for racing remote control cars in Wrightstown can resume operations, albeit under certain restrictions.

Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne on the 1000 block of Swamp Road had been under order to not host any races because the track violates local zoning. It’s not a permitted use in the village residential zoning district where it lies.

Track operator Jason Smith subsequently applied to Wrightstown’s Zoning Hearing Board for a variance – an exception from local zoning rules – that would allow the track to hold races.

Ultimately, the board granted the variance at a hearing on July 17, but said races must conform to particular conditions that had been suggested by the township’s Board of Supervisors, according to Wrightstown Supervisor Jane Magne.

Conditions include: no outdoor lighting or amplified music; the race track is only permitted outdoors in its current location; only electric and battery-powered cars can race, meaning gas-fueled vehicles are prohibited; and the race track can only operate on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“The Zoning Hearing Board also stipulated that additional buffering be provided to help alleviate noise,” said Magne.

The track is tied to Smith’s Torodyne business, which is on the same property. Part of that operation focuses on remote control cars. As such, the zoning board granted permission for Smith to utilize the outdoor track to perform demonstrations as part of the Torodyne business.

Some neighbors have complained of noise and light intrusion from the operations of the track, which is 79 feet by 41 feet, with an infield of 49 feet by 13 feet. Citing noise, several residents spoke against allowing the variance at the July 17 meeting, Magne said.


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