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Beaverlodge Motocross Club wins appeal for new track location

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The path has been cleared for the Beaverlodge Motorcross Club to build its new track. A County of Grande Prairie resident appealed its development permit, but that has been dismissed by a judge.

The Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board initially issued the permit for land owned by the town of Beaverlodge but within the County of Grande Prairie. The club’s current space is considered no longer suitable due to the twinning of Highway 43.

Ashley Heggelund lives roughly 800 to 1,000 yards away from the new location. He initially appealed that decision, citing noise and environmental concerns. When it was upheld, he turned to the Alberta Court of Appeal.

“Neither of the proposed ground of appeals has a reasonable chance of success and are not of sufficient importance to merit further appeal,” writes Justice Dawn Pentelechuk. “None of the issues raised by Mr. Heggelund go beyond the dispute between the parties, nor do they have any jurisprudential significance.”

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County Reeve Leanne Beaupre says she is pleased to see the process council takes when considering approving applications has been backed by the appeals board.

“Council is governed by the Municipal Government Act, so legislation is the bible that we follow. As long as we’re following legislation, council is very comfortable with the decisions that they make.”

The motocross club’s three-year development permit was given the green light in December 2018. It comes with the condition that practice has to be limited to four days per week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., excluding Sundays. The club also has to build a six-foot-high berm with sound-reducing trees across the top along the full length of the south and east sides of the property.

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