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The city of Ottawa has voted 15-9 in favour of plans to redevelop Lansdowne Park that include a new outdoor stadium for a CFL expansion team.

After weeks of public consultation and a full day of debate yesterday, the city and a group of four local businessmen led by Ottawa 67's owner Jeff Hunt have agreed to proceed with plans that will be voted upon next June, with shovels in the ground by the spring of 2011.

If all goes to plan, Ottawa will return to the CFL for the 2013 season.

While yesterday's vote is not the last hurdle, a negative result would have killed Ottawa's CFL's hopes for the foreseeable future.

"We are absolutely delighted with the vote tonight and the endorsement they have given [Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group]" Hunt said. "It augurs well for our partnership. … We now have till June, 2010 to get the details of our agreement ironed out, and our designs finalized."

Hunt and his group were awarded a CFL expansion franchise in March of 2008, contingent on gaining approval to rebuild Frank Clair Stadium.

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