The rise and fall of NASCAR
Why racetracks are removing hundreds of thousands of seats
Charlotte Motor Speedway removing 41,000 seats
Concord, N.C. The Globe and Mail
Last updated: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 1:35PM EST
The infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race weekend is a universe unto itself. Here, you enter the Vatican of Internal Combustion, a microcosm ruled by the forces of V-8 power and flat-out speed.
Multicoloured race cars blast around the speedway’s steep grey banks at more than 330 km/h, and the infield resembles a cross between the Woodstock festival and a Road Warrior set. Race fans, encamped here for days, arrive by the thousands in jumbo-sized motor homes, jacked-up Ford F-150s and old school buses with viewing platforms welded on top.
Speedway investments driving up
town’s capital budget
Fort Erie Post, By James Culic, November 12, 2015
Budget deliberations have officially begun as town councillors took their first crack at the municipal piggy bank with the capital budget meeting last week.
CMS IS LOOKING FOR YOUR WALLET.
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING ISSUES ADD MORE DELAYS TO START OF $400-MILLION SPEEDWAY PROJECT
Fort Erie Post
By James Culic
The quagmire of regulatory approvals that hampered the Canadian Motor Speedway for years has subsided and given way to new delays stemming from infrastructure funding disputes.
If the developers are going to continue investing in the project, they say they need a firm commitment from the province by the end of summer to fund certain off-site aspects of the development.
Although the massive project was initially pitched as a self-sustaining direct foreign investment worth more than $400 million, the developers are now seeking about $72 million worth of investment from the upper levels of government, and a decade of tax breaks at the municipal level. Importantly, none of that taxpayer money is going to fund construction of the speedway itself – developers say they can cover those costs without assistance – but rather, will be used to make the surrounding land viable for a project of such immense proportions.
OMB DISMISSES SPEEDWAY APPEAL
Decision can be read at: http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/english/eDecisions/eDecisions.html
The case # is PL100362 and can be found under e-decisons, November 2, 2012
Provided here is a copy of the MINUTES OF SETTLEMENT agreed upon by the Town of Fort Erie, the Region of Niagara, the proponent - numbered company 1746391 Ontario Inc., and CCGFE.
CCGFE worked hard to achieve this Settlement. A priority for CCGFE was to have meaningful input into our environmental concerns, including the impact on wildlife, protection of the wetlands and agricultural lands, noise and traffic. We also secured input into the yearly licensing by-law for the operation of a motor speedway.
We trust the Town Council will consider the Minutes of Settlement and use this valuable tool when making its decisions regarding the above noted issues. The yearly review of the licensing by-law is intended to address all issues, from noise and traffic to costs of infrastructure changes necessitated by the speedway operation over time. We need to stay active and attend all Town Council meetings when the referenced by-laws are being addressed and considered. It is our duty to ensure that the Town Council is aware that we maintain an interest in the process and in the proposed operation of the motor speedway.
As a note of interest, the OMB Hearing has a live feed daily on the Town's website.
Ontario Municipal Board Hearing Proposed Speedway Fort Erie Case # PL 100362
Being the weeks of June 18 to June 22, 2012, and, June 25 to June 29, 2012). If required, the hearing will resume for a subsequent two week period commencing on November 5, 2012 (for the weeks of November 5 to November 9, 2012, and, November 12 to November 16, 2012).
- Are the Regional Official Plan, Town Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (2005) and specifically, policies:
a. 188.8.131.52 Managing and Directing Land Use
b. 1.7.1 (f) Economic Prosperity (Tourism)
c. 2.1.3 Natural Heritage
d. 2.2.1 Water
e. 2.3.1 Agriculture
f. 184.108.40.206 Agriculture
g. 220.127.116.11 (c) - Removal of Agricultural Land
h. 18.104.22.168 Agriculture
- Are the Regional Official Plan, Town Official Plan, and Zoning By-law Amendments in conformity with the Growth Plan specifically policies:
a. 22.214.171.124 (i) Settlement Areas
b. 126.96.36.199 (k) Settlement Areas
c. 188.8.131.52 Gateway Zone
d. 184.108.40.206 Employment Lands
e. 220.127.116.11 Water and Wastewater
f. 4.2.4 Culture of Conservation
- Have sufficient technical studies been completed as part of the application review process, specifically:
c. Environmental Impact
f. Stormwater Management
- Have sufficient policies been placed in the Holding Provision of the Zoning By-law Amendment to ensure that any remaining technical issues will be completely addressed prior to development of the project.
- Does the Canadian Motor Speedway project represent good planning?
Fort Erie has a rich, natural heritage. Our beautiful landscapes and the wildlife that inhabits them, make this a special place in which to live, work and relax. Our natural heritage is also a key asset supporting many sectors of the region's economy and quality of life.
The Citizens’ Coalition of Greater Fort Erie (CCGFE) was incorporated in 2010.
Our primary area of focus includes Fort Erie, Stevensville, Crystal Beach, Ridgeway and the adjoining lands which form Greater Fort Erie.
CCGFE’s objective is to support development which will enhance the town’s natural and man-made character and provide meaningful long-term employment possibilities while protecting the culturally and ecologically valuable lands and waters of the area. Greater Fort Erie is home to one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in the country, the Carolinian life zone. This unique landscape; which extends south of a line running from Grand Bend to Toronto, contains 25% of Canada’s population but less than one percent of its land area. It is one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the province and the most threatened. Combined with the fact that many of its species are near the northern limit of their distribution, the Carolinian life zone has the greatest number and concentration of species at risk in Canada. CCGFE intends to help conserve this valuable land while at the same time supporting development which respects the environmental and residents’ concerns.
Join with CCGFE in our efforts to lobby against one of the most dangerous assaults on the mosaic of farmlands and forests of Carolinian Canada; a proposed NASCAR-style speedway development on 821 acres in Fort Erie. We object to the re-classification of “Good General Agricultural Land” through a provincial planning loop-hole called a “Special Policy Area”, in order to make way for this project and its inherent threats to our landscape and lifestyle. We have filed our objection with the Ontario Municipal Board Appeals Court, and are in urgent need of donations to support this process.
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That price is to risk being treated like a pariah in your hometown when you give in to the urge to set the record straight when confronted with ignorance.”