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Remote control track hit with zoning violations

A dirt track for racing remote control cars in Wrightstown is violating local zoning and has generated complaints from neighbors, according to township officials.

But the operator says he wasn’t aware he was committing any violations, and that steps have been taken to minimize any potential impact on neighbors, township records show.

Now, the matter involving Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne on the 1000 block of Swamp Road is set to go before the local Zoning Hearing Board.

Scott MacNair, an attorney representing Wrightstown’s Board of Supervisors, said last week that the track is not a permitted use in the village residential zoning district in which it lies. As such, the township zoning officer recently issued a notice of violation. There is also an indoor racing area, records indicate.

Jason Smith of Ivyland runs and owns the track, which is connected with Torodyne, a business at 1070 Swamp Road that is a specialty provider of rotating starters, alternators, generators, batteries and more, records show.

Township officials said there have been complaints from neighbors regarding noise, and about lighting used during nighttime races.
MacNair said a speaker/PA system can be in operation during races. The operator has fencing in place that’s intended to keep the races from bothering neighbors.

According to township documents, neighbor Dan Gilmartin expressed concerns about the Rushland R/C Speedway at the May 6 supervisors meeting. Gilmartin said the remote control racing is noisy and disruptive to the neighborhood, township meeting minutes show. He can hear shouting spectators and participants when his doors and windows are closed, the minutes said.

At the same meeting, Smith told supervisors he wasn’t aware that there were any zoning issues with the remote control car track. He would like to resolve any issues and continue with the track, township minutes said.

At the May meeting, a couple people spoke in support of Rushland R/C Speedway, with both saying the remote control racing track provides for positive, family-friendly interaction among R/C enthusiasts. Alan Davis of Rushland, who owns the property of which Smith’s operation is tenant, told supervisors he has never witnessed any issues with the track or received noise complaints.

Supervisors haven’t yet taken a position, but could do so before the planned July 17 zoning board meeting.