After five hours of discussion, a 2nd Public Hearing, and multiple amendments, Council gave third reading to and then passed, Bylaw 2592/LUO/18 at tonight’s regular Council Meeting. The bylaw includes amendments to the Town’s Land Use Bylaw relating to federal cannabis legalization, which is now confirmed for October 17, 2018.
At tonight’s meeting Council passed the bylaw with four motions. As such, the following amendments were included in the new Land Use Bylaw:
- That Town Council amends the bylaw to change the separation distance measurement for schools and health facilities from their property line to the physical retail outlet.
- That Town Council amends the bylaw to change the separation distance measurement from cannabis retail outlet to the closet point cannabis retail outlet.
- That Town Council amends the bylaw to reduce the separation from cannabis retail to cannabis retail from 200m to 150m.
- That Town Council directs Administration to bring this bylaw back on November 25, 2019.
Mayor William Choy says, “The purpose of including a buffer of 150 metres between retail cannabis stores is to prohibit multiple cannabis retailers from opening up shop in the same location. With Stony Plain continuing to grow, and developers building new commercial properties within town limits, we foresee the potential for this to happen if restrictions are not put in place.” Choy continues, “Additionally, protecting our youth from accessing cannabis is important, which is why we have chosen a minimum distance of 100 metres between cannabis retail locations and child-friendly locations like playgrounds, parks, and recreation centres. However, the separation distance between cannabis retail locations and schools will be 200 metres.”
Also, before the third and final reading, Council opened up the floor to residents interested in sharing their views on cannabis legalization. Like the first Public Hearing, many residents and business owners were in attendance. Questions pertaining to the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments were addressed.
To learn more about the legalization of cannabis and Land Use Bylaw, visit www.stonyplain.com/cannabis or email email@example.com.
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