North Cowichan zoning bylaw amendment under way in anticipation of cannabis legalization

North Cowichan zoning bylaw amendment under way in anticipation of cannabis legalization

Council aims to consider retail sites on a case-by-case basis

North Cowichan council has given first and second reading to a zoning bylaw amendment in anticipation of the upcoming legalization of cannabis by the Federal Government.

If adopted, it will require proposed retail cannabis businesses to apply for a site-specific zoning amendment.

“This zoning bylaw amendment is intended to ensure that council can consider, and the community can provide input, on the appropriateness of proposed cannabis retail locations on a case-by-case basis,” said Mayor Jon Lefebure.

Council may consider further amendments to the zoning bylaw once Federal and/or Provincial Governments establish regulations and criteria related to the sites of cannabis retail establishments.

The zoning bylaw amendment does not affect any existing federally-licensed cannabis production facilities currently operating under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation within the Municipality.

The proposed zoning bylaw amendment now proceeds to a public hearing.