The project was for a casino with 60,000-square-foot gambling floor, 200-room four-star hotel and 27,000-sq.-ft convention and entertainment centre with restaurants and lounges. The proposal came from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. and the B.C. Lottery Corp.
City approval was required before a gambling license could be issued and nearly 200 speakers were at the public hearings to discuss the project.
Supporters of the project argued that the casino would create local jobs and bring high-end entertainment to the city, while most opponents said it would increase traffic and crime, and hurt their property values.
A lot of opinions were expressed by both sides but in the end, the council elected by residents their voice into consideration.