Noise from bike races disrupts Collier Township neighborhood
Collier Township officials will require a property owner to get proper permission before he holds any more bike races on his property.
The bike races took place on land that formerly was part of the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, a military complex. The races are Cyclocross events, a form of rough-terrain bicycle racing. Developer Craig Cozza bought the land and is hosting the bike races.
Residents from Hilltop Road attended the Oct. 30 commissioners meeting to voice their frustrations with noise from the events. They said noise from the races is too loud, and riders and spectators come onto their properties.
“We have lived here in peace and harmony and quiet for 15 years, until these bike races became a disruption,” resident Troy Maxwell said.
Residents said the first race took place in June, with two more in September and October.
Township Manager Sal Sirabella said the property is zoned as residential, and the Cyclocross events are considered either private or commercial recreation. Collier zoning ordinances do not permit such recreational activities in residential zones.
Sirabella said the organizer has been warned, and should he hold another race without first getting proper variances, he will be cited.
“We have advised him that he cannot have this bike race on his property, as it is not zoned to do that,” he said. “What he can do is try to get that changed through a use variance.”
Cozza said the issue of spectators going onto residents' properties was an isolated incident that happened early in the summer.
“We try to be good neighbors,” he said. “It's something we thought was pretty harmless — a good community thing to do. The fact that they don't like it is a shame.”
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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