Impacts of Gaming in Greater Philadelphia

Impacts of Gaming in Greater Philadelphia

Product No.: 06042
Date Published: 01/2006

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This document, Impacts of Gaming in Greater Philadelphia, examines the potential transportation, land use and signage impacts of the proposed casino developments in the Greater Philadelphia region. Enabling legislation for gaming in Pennsylvania, titled The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, Act 71 (House Bill 2330), was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell on July 5, 2004, at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem Township, Bucks County. The legislation authorizes up to 61,000 slot machines at 14 sites across the Commonwealth, including Bensalem, Chester and Philadelphia. Prior to Tthis legislation, the only legalized gambling in the Commonwealth were pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks and the state lottery. There are eight applications for casino licenses in the Delaware Valley region. This study offers an overview of the legislation and licensing process, the casino proposals, the potential impacts, and a variety of recommendations to mitigate the potential impacts. Such recommendations include changes to zoning, design standards, parking requirements, access management, transit service, billboard ordinances, and directional signage.

Geographic Area Covered: City of Philadelphia; Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; DVRPC Region.

Key Words: Act 71, The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board, Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force, category one, two, and three gaming licenses, Philadelphia Park, Harrah’s Chester Racetrack and Casino, Limerick Casino, Pinnacle Entertainment, Riverwalk Casino, Foxwoods, TrumpStreet Casino, SugarHouse Gaming, slot machines, pari-mutuel wagering, racinos, land use impacts, transportation impacts, signage impacts, parking, zoning, land use, access, local zoning control, billboards.

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