After a Public Hearing regarding proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw and Cannabis survey results, Town of Stony Plain Council gave Second Reading to Bylaw 2592/LUO/18, which proposes amendments to the Town’s Land Use Bylaw regarding Cannabis legalization.
Prior to passing Second Reading, Administration received the results from a community survey conducted between April 9 and May 18, 2018. The purpose of this survey was to collect information on two specific cannabis-related topics: (1) cannabis retail stores and (2) home cultivation of cannabis. 1,083 residents and business owners completed the 5-minute survey. Of these respondents, 87% either lived or worked in Stony Plain.
The survey consisted of 9 questions in total. Key results from the survey include:
- ●56% of respondents either strongly support or somewhat support the legalization of cannabis.
- ●59% of respondents said the Town should consider prohibiting cannabis retailers from operating within a 100-metre radius of child-friendly locations like daycares, playgrounds, public parks, and sports fields.
- ●59% of respondents believe cannabis retailers in Stony Plain should have the same operating hours as liquor stores (10AM to 2AM).
- ●53% of respondents selected “Very unlikely” when asked “How likely are you to grow cannabis in your home?”
“Public participation is important whenever we’re creating or amending bylaws surrounding a potentially controversial subject,” says Paul Hanlan, General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure. “The purpose of the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments and Cannabis survey was to assess how the residents and business owners of Stony Plain felt about the subject, and to confirm whether or not additional adjustments to the proposed bylaw were needed after First Reading. We’re pleased to see most stakeholders are in agreement with the proposed bylaw amendments introduced at First Reading.”
Before Second Reading, Council also opened the floor for residents to share their views regarding cannabis legalization. Various residents and business owners from Stony Plain gathered in Council Chambers to ask questions and comment about the location of cannabis retail stores, growing cannabis in Stony Plain, as well as smoking cannabis publically. Administration answered all questions and further encouraged stakeholders to learn more on the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and Government of Alberta’s websites.
Mayor William Choy says, “Legalizing cannabis in Canada is a multi-faceted change impacting various municipal bylaws. We’re thankful to the residents and businesses in Stony Plain for their patience as we navigate this addition to our legal system.” Choy continues, “We also want to thank everyone who completed our survey or shared their thoughts at our Public Hearing. Throughout the year, we encourage everyone to continue asking questions and sharing concerns with us.”
Now that the Second Reading of Land Use Bylaw 2592/LUO/18 is complete, Administration will make the changes Council has requested following tonight’s meeting.
- Amend to add a 200 M radius between approved Cannabis retail stores
- Increase the distance from schools and health facilities from 100 M (yellow circles) to 200 M (red circles). This increase would mean Cannabis retail stores would not be approved inside of the red circles on the map below.
With these two changes to the bylaw Administration requested another Public Hearing. This second Public Hearing along with the 3rd reading of the bylaw will be on June 25th at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers.
A motion was also passed directing Administration to bring back the business license fee bylaw for the retail sales of cannabis and production of cannabis.
Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to share their thoughts with Council by emailing email@example.com and to attend the second public hearing.
To learn more about the legalization of cannabis and the Land Use Bylaw, or to view the full Land Use Bylaw and Cannabis survey results, visit www.stonyplain.com/cannabis.
For more information, contact:
Paul Hanlan RPP MCIP CMML
Manager of Planning and Infrastructure
Town ofStony Plain
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