Agenda Index City of Vancouver




SEPTEMBER 27 and OCTOBER 5, 2000


A reconvened Meeting of the Standing Committee of Council on Planning and Environment was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at 7:30 p.m. and continued on Thursday, October 5, 2000 at the Plaza 500 Hotel, Ballroom, 500 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver.

PRESENT: Mayor Philip Owen

Councillor Fred Bass

Councillor Jennifer Clarke

Councillor Lynne Kennedy

Councillor Daniel Lee

Councillor Don Lee

Councillor Tim Louis

Councillor Sandy McCormick

ABSENT: Councillor Gordon Price (September 27)

Councillor George Puil - Leave of Absence (September 27 & October 5)

Councillor Sam Sullivan - Leave of Absence

(September 27 & October 5)

CITY CLERK'S OFFICE: Ulli Watkiss, City Clerk

Jan Gibson, Director, Meeting &

Election Services



1. Relocation of Casino-Class 1 - 26 S.W. Marine Drive
Grand Casino Equipment & Management Ltd. File: 2633-1

At its meeting on July 27, 2000, the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment agreed that due to time constraints the meeting be reconvened on September 27, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. to hear remaining delegations. On September 27, Council agreed to continue hearing speakers at the next regularly scheduled Plannng & Environment Committee meeting on October 5, 2000 at 2 p.m.

The Committee had before it an Administrative Report dated June 14, 2000, in which the Chief License Inspector, in consultation with the Directors of Planning and Social Planning, recommended that Council endorse the request by Grand Casino Equipment & Management Ltd. to relocate its Casino-Class 1 to a new building to be constructed on a rear portion of the property at 26 S.W. Marine Drive, subject to an agreement that the casino currently operating at 725 S.E. Marine Drive be permanently closed. The General Manager of Community Services recommended approval of the recommendation.

On September 27, 2000, City staff addressed concerns raised by presenters. Rob Jenkins, Assistant Director, Current Planning Initiatives Branch, clarified that the proposed Marine Drive Highway Oriented Retail (HOR) policies for I-zoned lands on the south side of Marine Drive were unlikely to have an impact on the casino application. Jeff Brooks, Director, Social Planning advised that under Council policy, this application to relocate an existing casino would not result in two casinos. Barb Windsor, Deputy Chief License Inspector and Sgt. Don Smith, Vancouver Police, were also in attendance to answer Council’s questions.

On October 5, staff responded to Council’s further questions concerning the application. Paul Teichroeb clarified that the City had not directly recieved a letter from the Vancouver Richmond Health Board, but that it came through a community group. Jeff Brooks reiterated that the larger square footage of the proposed location would not allow more gaming tables than the current license allows at the casino’s existing location. Sgt. Don Smith provided statistics from which he concluded that there was a decrease in street crime in various areas around the existing location, as well as the proposed location, over the last two years.

The following spoke in favour of the recommendation on September 27:


On October 5, the following persons spoke in favour:


Speakers who supported the application commented that:

The following spoke on September 27 opposing the recommendation:


On October 5, the following spoke in opposition:


Speakers in opposition commented:

George Cadman, solicitor for the Applicant and Leonard Libin, Applicant made concluding remarks urging support for this proposal and indicated that this is the thrid attempt in 7 years made by the applicant to relocate in Vancouver. They refuted each of the points made in opposition.

Council agreed to debate the item as Unfinished Business at the October 17, 2000 Regular Council meeting.

The Committee adjourned at 4:10 p.m.




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