The City Council will decide today if they ratify a settlement introduced by councilors.
Canada.- The City Council reached an agreement that is supposed to settle an appeal to the Ontario Ontario Municipal Board of the Shorelines Casino Peterborough rezoning. If the measure gets the approval, Great Canadian Gaming would get the green light to proceed with the construction process.
The deal that got the preliminary approval last week establishes that the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area would get US$150.000 annually for 20 years to promote the zone and for security purposes. According to The Peterborough Examiner, Coun. Andrew Beamer was the only councillor who talked about the agreement during the current session. “This will allow the casino to move forward. The potential economic development is $49 million in the community,” he said. The deal would also allow the construction of a US$17 million hotel with the possibility of hiring more than 300 workers.
Before the meeting, No Casino Peterborough, an organisation that is against a movement, held a protest to announce its discontent with the measure. Earlier last month, the organization backed off a legal battle against the developers of the project. “As ordinary citizens, we do not have the deep pockets of city hall or the Downtown Business Association or Shorelines Slots At Kawartha Downs and the Ontario Lottery And Gaming Corporation, so we must find another way to keep up the fight and we will,” said Sheila Nabigon-Howlett, a spokesperson for No Casino Peterborough.