It’s getting even closer to reality!The Niagara Regional planning committee Wednesday backed supported an amendment application to its policy plan, allowing the multi-million-dollar project to move ahead through the process even further.
The backing is subject to conditions, such as limiting the type of other types of buildings and functions on the property, and further studies on things like noise and traffic, plus local control over the future zoning bylaw.
Like the decision to move it forward by Fort Erie Town Council Monday night, the planning committee’s vote was unanimous.
The proposal will again come before regional council for discussion December 17th where council will vote to implement the motion passed yesterday.
Discussions on re-zoning implementation will begin early January to establish the roadmap.
The Canadian Motor Speedway site sits on a 821-acre property just west of the QEW, between Bowen and Gilmore roads. It includes grandstand seating for up to 100,000 people, a Jeff Gordon-design signature speedway one-mile oval track, which would be Canada’s first, a 2.5-mile road course and other developments including a McMaster University research and development centre.
Niagara College’s automotive department may also get involved with the R&D.
Supporters of CMS point to an economic boon for Fort Erie that will bring millions of dollars to the town that sits with 10% unemployment rate and numerous businesses shuttered. The 100 year old-plus horse racing facility is also suffering. The Speedway will also offer up part-time and full-time employment and offer benefits to area hotels, restaurants and shopping.
The project developers still have a lot of work ahead of them, agencies to report to and government ministries to sway.
Opponents claim the speedway will not be the economic boom supporters claim, will destroy agricultural land, and will generate too much noise, traffic and air pollution. Some are concerned the project may reduce property values.
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