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Speedway's case for camping & concerts will be heard on Thursday

  • Published in Letters

To The Daily Sun,

This Thursday, August 24, N.H. Motor Speedway will present its request for camping and concerts on non-race days to the Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment and we invite concerned citizens to attend. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Loudon Elementary School.

Our citizens group, KeepTrackofAgreement.org, is requesting the town enforce the 1989 agreement signed with the speedway, on behalf of its citizens, and not permit a variance to allow 20,000 people to camp and concert on residential property adjacent to Lower Ridge Road. The application is for up to 21 days and nights, not just three, as the speedway has led everyone to believe.

Variances are not to be granted when a proposal is determined to: cause excessive noise, be detrimental to the neighborhood, constitute a hazard, or require additional municipal services. Huge, loud, multi-day concerts fail each of these tests.

Remember, the speedway's owners moved all future September NASCAR races to Las Vegas. Although the speedway plays a role in Loudon's tax base, the concert structures proposed are intended to be temporary, and will not increase the property's assessed value. The number of events they host has no impact on the taxes they pay to Loudon.

Residents who are concerned about the Loudon tax base should encourage more permanent, year-round businesses. Growth is discouraged for new businesses when they realize driveways are shut down and people can't come and go each time the speedway limits use and access to N.H. Route 106.

Please attend the meeting to make your voices heard. You may also drop off a letter to Loudon ZBA referencing the NHMS variance requests 17-6 and 17-7.

Linda Cote