Speedway ruling precedent?

Vernon's mayor is concerned a B.C. Supreme Court ruling against the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park in Spallumcheen could be precedent setting.

A B.C. Supreme court judge granted an injunction limiting the noise level at the race track that has hosted two CASCAR events since opening in 2000.

The track's owner, Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. was also ordered to pay $100,000 in damages to the developer of nearby Lawrence Heights, a 40+ adult living community, as well as more minor damages to four other plaintiffs.

“The judge ruled that 80 decibels is a safe level,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

“A tractor is about 100 decibels. Does that mean if a next-door neighbour to a farmer opens a window and hears the tractor then the neighbour can complain? It doesn't make any sense.”

Mund pointed to the Funtastic slo-pitch and music festival that occurs annually in Vernon during the July long weekend. Three nights of loud rock music blares from the site on the DND grounds to the south of the city.

“Rock music concerts are typically 110 to 116 decibels,” said Mund. “(This ruling) could open it up to everything.

“This sets a precedent."

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