THOMPSON — The Thompson town Planning Board will hold two public hearings Wednesday evening, one on a proposed off-road driving center and the other on EPR Concord’s planned water park and hotel at Adelaar. Both projects are in Monticello.

The Planning Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, followed by the first public hearing at 7 p.m. on the preliminary site plan submitted by Catskill Offroad Driving Center.

According to documents submitted to the Planning Board on Aug. 30 and minutes from the July 27 meeting, the driving school and off-road course would be built on 65 acres at the end of Pittaluga Road, near Old Route 17 and the site of the proposed county jail. A handful of homes neighbor the property.

The dirt-and-gravel course would accommodate a mix of off-road 4x4 vehicles such as Jeeps and Yamahas, as well as cars such as Subarus and Volkswagens. All vehicles would have mufflers, and no motorcycles will be allowed, according to an FAQ sheet submitted by consulting engineer Glenn Smith.

The course will not be a racetrack, but a dirt, off-road course, with vehicles traveling at speeds averaging 15 mph. The course would be open during daylight hours and would close during deer hunting season, according to board minutes. About a dozen vehicles a day would use the track, with as many as 50-60 vehicles during one-day events.

“The purpose is to provide a location for people to do off-road driving and practice driving techniques in a fun, controlled environment,” according to the FAQs submitted by Smith.

Following the public hearing on the driving center, the Planning Board will open a hearing on the preliminary site plan for the water park and hotel portion of the new $1.3 billion casino complex, which is now under construction.

Once completed, the project will include a 93,000-square-foot casino with an 18-story hotel, indoor pools, a spa and a fitness center. The project will be built and operated by Empire Resorts.

The resort will also include an indoor water park with a 350-room family lodge, an entertainment village with restaurants and shops, the redesigned Monster golf course, and areas for skiing, boating, hunting and paintball.

gevangelist@th-record.com