Casinos in Strathcona County could soon be a reality.
The bylaw was passed in 2001 in response to a petition received from community members at the time. Since then, there has been some interest, particularly from the business community, in allowing casinos in the county.
“So, we’ve posed this survey to ask the people of Strathcona County whether or not they want casinos here,” said Thema Scammell, senior communications advisor for Strathcona County.
The survey is one question in length and asks residents to answer “yes” or “no” to whether they believe casinos should be prohibited in Strathcona County.
The survey will run until Nov. 14, followed by a public hearing where council will be deciding whether to repeal the bylaw.
A statement from the county says that 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 If the bylaw is repealed, additional development requirements would occur before a casino could be built in Strathcona County.
To register to speak at the Nov. 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.
A link to the survey can be found here.