Casinos in Strathcona County? Take the survey

October 20, 2021

Casinos in Strathcona County? Take the survey

In 2001, Strathcona County created a bylaw prohibiting casinos from operating in the County. The bylaw was created in response to a petition received from members of the community.

Much has changed in our community over the last 20 years, and there is some interest in considering the possibility of allowing casinos.

On September 14, 2021, Council approved holding a non-statutory public hearing to allow for public input on repealing the casino bylaw. The public hearing will be held on November 30 at 7 p.m. Following the public hearing, Council will be deciding whether to repeal Bylaw 100-2001.

Repealing the bylaw means casinos would no longer be prohibited in Strathcona County. It would not result in the approval of any specific application to open a casino. If the bylaw is repealed, additional development requirements would occur before a casino could be built in Strathcona County.

Residents are invited to take a short survey to share their view on whether to allow casinos in Strathcona County at strathcona.ca/casinobylaw or sign up for the Strathcona County Online Opinion Panel (SCOOP) at strathcona.ca/scoop to complete the survey. The survey runs until November 17.

To register to speak at the November 30 public hearing on the casino bylaw, residents may email LegislativeOfficer@strathcona.ca or call 780-464-8014, by 4 p.m. the day before the hearing. Or at the public hearing, a resident may add their name to the speaker's list; those who registered prior to the hearing will be heard first. Written submissions are also accepted for public hearings and will be distributed to all of Council. For more details about registering for this public hearing, visit strathcona.ca/casinobylaw.

Public input is important to how we develop Strathcona County.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595