CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – The Campbell River council want the drag strip, but they want it away from the airport.

The Vancouver Island Motor Sport Association (VIMSA) first proposed the use of 45 acres of land adjacent to the airport for the drag strip. But according to a release from the city, council decided to find an alternative place for it due to the challenges related to developing a facility adjacent to the airport.

The release added that the city anticipates economic benefits from motorsport racing events in the city.

The city received information from the provincial government, stating that using the parcel of land unrelated to airport operation means that the City of Campbell River would have to pursue the removal of the land from the airport land grant.

This then, would require land transfers and long-term borrowing to purchase the land.

The city has received mixed feedback from the community, including letters from the Homalco First Nation and from Couverdon, which outline concerns about the location.

“We see the value in VIMSA’s initiative and want to support this moving forward,” Mayor Andy Adams wrote in the release.

“Given the information we’ve received about costs to develop near the airport, and the community concerns we’ve heard about creating a facility at this site, council feels the best way to support this initiative is for the city to help VIMSA find a suitable alternative location.”

There is no word yet on where the new location will be.