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NPCA issues first permit for speedway

13/06/14 — While the Canadian Motor Speedway has cleared another regulatory hurdle, there are many more to follow and it could be a long time before any checkered flags are waved.

Last week, the Ontario Municipal Board confirmed its original decision to allow the official plan and zoning amendments for the development, ending only the first phase which began about four years ago.

Aside from a single sentence in a press release issued by the Town, the proponents have been silent and repeated phone calls have not been returned.

Azhar Mohammad, executive director of Emirates Consulting LLC representing the investment group from Kuwait, simply stated he was “absolutely pleased and it is now time to move forward with this world scale project.”

However, the wheels of regulation are turning, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has issued the first of what will be many permits.

Ryan Mallory, coordinator of development review for the NPCA, said the permit to construction a storm drainage retention pond is ready.

It’s the first phase of the realignment of Miller’s Creek which will occur in stages as the development progresses.

A number of other technical studies have not been completed. They include noise, traffic, servicing, site plan and others.

The studies will be provided to Sandy Vant, one of the people who appealed to the OMB, 30 days before they are submitted to the Town.

This is a condition of an agreement she reached with the CMS proponents to settle her appeal. What constitutes meaningful input may be the subject of interpretation in the future.

Once the studies are complete, the applications will be reviewed by Town staff and building permits issued, said director of planning Rick Brady.

Council will have a role in the approvals as well since the site plan will require council endorsement. There likely will be other decisions ahead also if investments in roads, water, sewers, drainage and more are required.

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