The Impact of FREEDOM TOWNSHIP on Mason Dixon Downs

Freedom Township has been asked to approve a zoning change to allow a harness racing track, 1500 to 5000 slots casino with table games, restaurants and bar, and a separate hotel-conference center and restaurant. The property is 700 acres at the corner of Rt. 15 and Emmitsburg Rd, directly off the Steinwehr Ave exit off Rt. 15. 

The racino is authorized by a Bill passed over the 4th of July holiday in 2004. There is no vote on any casino in PA, but an old law allows Townships to hold a referendum on whether or not to allow a racetrack in the Township. Pa State Horse Racing Commission and the power to authorize casinos is with the PA Gaming Control Board. No Casino and Freedom residents have been collecting petition signatures.

Right now the proposed zoning change is being looked at by Freedom Township's Planning Commission. This is advisory only, as is the Adams County Planning Commission. On 5/3/17 the Freedom Planning Commission tabled the text amendment for the second time. At this same meeting, at the request of Freedom residents, the Planners recommended that the township hold a referendum. The final decison within the Township is made by the Freedom Township Supervisors.  

The public is welcome at Township meetings which are held at the Township Building, 2184 Pumping Station Rd
Fairfield, PA 17320. The next Supervisors meeting is May 10 at 8PM. 

Mason Dixon Downs Info

From Freedom Citizens, Officials