Cranberry Township, PA

12/07/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2017 19:38

Board says NO to gambling, at least for now

Posted on: December 7, 2017

Board says NO to gambling, at least for now

Pennsylvania is already the nation's second-largest commercial casino state. This past October, its General Assembly stepped up its game even more to allow people to bet online, in airports and at truck stops. In addition, the new law allows 10 of the state's 12 casinos to bid on licenses for new, smaller satellite casinos, each with hundreds of slot machines. However, according to the legislation, a municipality can decide to prohibit mini-casinos inside its borders - but only if it does so by December 31. Otherwise it loses the chance to ban them at any time in the future. But the reverse is not true; communities that ban them can later reverse themselves and become eligible to house casinos. Cranberry's Board of Supervisors wants to take advantage of that opportunity to better understand how a potential casino fits into the Township's Comprehensive Plan, as no casino was ever contemplated in that plan and therefore not specifically provided for in the Township's zoning. Accordingly, the Board voted at its December 7 meeting to place an indefinite freeze on locating a casino in the Township to allow for that evaluation.