The opponents to the Speedway and the developers could not come to agreement today on a date to start the actual OMB hearing to get approval to build CMS in Fort Erie, so dragging this thing out yet again, they will conduct a conference call next month ( earliest the OMB has available ) to decide what date they can work out.
It will be a four week hearing that could be done in two parts. God bless Ontario!
Since this is a public hearing, this is the process, as frustrating as it is.
They could start as early as May, or perhaps June, or yes, even the fall.
Do I think the opponents ( appellants ) are using the system to drag this out? Yes I do, but there’s nothing we can do to stop them. It’s a public hearing.
But understand this: The clock is now ticking for those opposed to the Speedway to come up with hard and fast evidence it WILL be too LOUD and it WILL create pollution.
To simply state they THINK it will be so is not going to fly with the OMB.
But the appellants can’t delay the process again once a date for the hearing is set.
CMS has had their studies and evidence as public record for months. Why the opponents haven’t bothered to come and see what they have ( and what they are up against ) is a mystery, but likely another stall tactic.
To this reporter, they ultimately HOPE the investor who wants to build something that will put some life back into the economy of the town and the Region, will give up and go somewhere else.
I can tell you the investors and the developers are not going to do that, and are determined to last through the process, and convince The Ontario Municipal Board this is a good development.
Every new speedway built within the last 20 years has had to go through this gut churn!
But if it was easy, everybody would be trying it!
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