Clarification on 2010 Surrey casino vote
As I always want to ensure that accurate information is given to the general public, I feel I need to clarify and rectify a statement I made regarding the South Surrey casino (“Surrey must ensure open process,” Letters, The Leader, Jan. 29).
I stated in a letter to B.C. Lottery Corporation that I voted against first and second reading of the rezoning application. Upon review of the 2010 minutes, I would like to clarify that I voted against the main motion – the recommendation to amend the OCP and the Highway 99 corridor plan to redesignate the land.
I also supported a motion (which was defeated) that the application proceed to public hearing without the casino portion of the application until a letter of comfort was received by BCLC.
Significant discussion ensued regarding a separate process for a gaming licence and a separate public hearing, including confirmation from the applicant that the project would move forward if no gaming licence was given.
After that discussion, I did support first and second reading and moving it forward to a public hearing to hear from the community.
I apologize if this has caused any confusion.
Dianne L. Watts, Surrey mayor