From the Toronto Star (Wheels.ca):
Another hurdle has been cleared by the developers of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie.
On Monday, the Ontario Municipal Board rejected all appeals against the planned speedway, which will include a one-mile paved oval track with seating for 65,000 spectators plus a road course.
Good luck to them. There are still some hoops to jump through – completion of environmental reports, that sort of thing – but the green light seems to be getting closer.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Appeals against the Canadian Motor Speedway have been dismissed by a provincial planning board, paving the way for the much-anticipated project to break ground.
The Town of Fort Erie received a decision from the Ontario Municipal Board Monday, which included some requirements and restrictions already agreed to by speedway officials and one of the primary opponents, the Citizens Coalition of Greater Fort Erie.
“CMS is very excited about the decision by the OMB … and that the conclusion reaffirms that our project addresses and implements matters of provincial and regional interest,” said the speedway’s executive director Azhar Mohammad.
“This will be a world-class facility that will attract visitors from all over North America. We are very anxious to begin the next steps in seeing the speedway become a reality.”
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The man behind the Canadian Motor Speedway project is banking on a groundbreaking by the beginning of winter.
Executive Director Azhar Mohammad said while the results of the Ontario Municipal Board’s decision haven’t been released yet, he’s remaining optimistic.
“There really wasn’t any opposition,” he said of the hearing that ended June 28. “(Opposition groups) didn’t have the experts and (their points) were more opinionated with less facts to back it up, so I think we did a pretty good job.”
He said he expects the results to be released any day now and if everything goes according to plan, a special groundbreaking ceremony could happen as early as this fall.
“It would take a couple of months to do the planning, but we have our teams in place,” he said. “Realistically, there would be no brick and mortar, but maybe some dirt moving and pre-grading work.”
If you are interested in the proposed motor speedway (NASCAR-type oval) that might be built just outside of Niagara Falls, then you might be interested in this article from the Niagara Falls Review:
There remains more questions than answers, despite an Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing Tuesday on a contentious speedway proposal that was supposed to determine when the actual hearing will begin.
Due to several conflicting schedules between the appellants, legal counsel and experts, a hearing date could not be agreed upon. A telephone conference will be held in February to hammer out a specific date.
The hearing is expected to last up to four weeks. It’s the result of opposition to the town’s and Niagara Region’s support for a Canadian Motor Speedway proposal.