Motocross track closer to finding a home

The Smithers Motocross Association is getting closer to finding a permanent home.

The Smithers Motocross Association is getting closer to finding a permanent home.

At a special meeting last week between the SMXA and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, a number of options were discussed for potential track locations.

“We’re looking at a bunch of different sites and working with the motocross association to sort out which one will be the most appropriate,” said Jason Llewellyn, RDBN director of planning.

“I think we’ll find a site pretty quickly. It will likely be a Crown land site so it will take an application to get a license of occupation to use the site as a motocross track.”

The future of the SMXA track has been up in the air since last year, when RDBN residents brought forward complaints about the noise generated by the track.

Further investigation revealed deeper environmental issues that have yet to be fixed.

Aaron Miles, SMXA president, said the club will continue to work with the RDBN to find a suitable location.

If one is not found in time for next riding season, Miles assured club members they will have a place to ride.

“No matter what, we’ll have a place for our members to ride next year,” Miles said.

“If we can’t find a new location by next spring, we’re going to keep riding at this track because we need a place for our members to go. We’re not going to leave people high and dry.”

Llewellyn said once a site is found, the RDBN will work together with the SMXA to find money to develop the track.

“We’re working with them to find grant funding opportunities to help with those costs.”