City of Delta
Through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process, BCLC selected the City of Delta in November 2016 as its preferred host community for a potential new gambling and entertainment facility in Metro Vancouver’s South of the Fraser region.
Since then, BCLC provided Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited with preliminary approval to relocate the Newton Community Gaming Centre in Surrey to the site of the current Delta Town and Country Inn.
BCLC and Gateway Casinos are committed to engaging with communities regarding proposed plans. As such, five information sessions were held at various locations in Delta, which gave residents an opportunity to see details of Gateway’s proposal and speak with representatives from BCLC and Gateway.
As required by the Gaming Control Act, the City of Delta was also required to seek and consider community input prior to approving a potential gambling facility proposal from BCLC. As a result, the City hosted three additional public information meetings across locations in Delta and Ladner. This provided another opportunity for Delta residents to engage with City, BCLC and Gateway Casinos representatives.
Following this series of public information meetings, Delta City Council began to formally consider a gambling facility proposal for the Delta Town and Country Inn. On April 9, City Council unanimously voted to move forward to the next step of the process, which provided Delta residents with the opportunity to voice their opinions at a public hearing. Council held two public hearings on May 1 and May 2, 2018 at the Ladner Community Centre. Following the May 2 public hearing, Delta council voted to give final approval to the proposed gaming facility project.
As per the Gaming Control Act, once it has given final approval, the City of Delta is required to notify its adjacent municipal governments. This notification provides those adjacent municipalities with an opportunity to object to the proposed facility. The City of Richmond has replied, initiating the non-binding dispute resolution process and a third-party, independent mediator has been appointed by BCLC. The mediator has 60 days to report back to BCLC. At that time, BCLC has 30 days to make its final decision about the proposed Delta gaming facility.
BCLC expects to make a final decision in fall 2018.