Castlegar council weeds out marijuana dispensaries

After public hearing where no one voiced an opinion, council voted to amend zoning bylaw to prohibit dispensaries.

Castlegar council and staff held a public hearing Monday evening regarding two proposed zoning amendments. Only a handful of residents attended the meeting.

The first amendment adds specific wording to the zoning bylaw to prohibit marijuana dispensaries in the city of Castlegar. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no dispensaries open until such a time as they are legalized by the federal government and to then enable the city to regulate the locations of such businesses through zoning rules.

City staff explained that the introduction of this measure was based on legal advice and that without this interim measure, the city would be unable to control things such as the location of dispensaries once they are legalized. “If not defined, a marijuana dispensary is considered a retail use, which could open the door for cases of lawful non-conformance in the future,” explained Castlegar planning technician Shannon Marshall. That would mean that if a dispensary were to set up in Castlegar as a retail business, they could locate next to a school or daycare — anywhere a retail business is allowed.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Lawrence Chernoff noted, “The main function of council members this evening is to listen to the views of the public. It is not the function of council at this public hearing to debate the merits of the proposed bylaw with individual citizens.” However, not one person present spoke when the public was asked for input. Only one letter was submitted, and it was read aloud for the record. Comments from the planning advisory committee and staff responses to those comments were also read.

The amendment defines a marijuana dispensary as a business or other operation involving the sale, barter, distribution or dispensing of cannabis, marijuana or any products containing or derived from cannabis or marijuana, or the advertising or offering of such items for sale, barter, distribution or dispensing.

The second amendment removed maximum heights for hedges, except for areas with safety concerns such as sight triangles at intersections.

Council passed both amendments during the regularly scheduled council meeting that took place after the public hearing.

Just Posted

Zoning mix-up nixes Shoreacres property sale

Man says the RDCK’s listings online don’t match his property’s official zoning

Castlegar coach receives Basketball BC honour

Cheryl Closkey recognized for 50 years of volunteering

Application deadline approaching for Castlegar-Embetsu exchange program

Student exchange program sees students travel to Japan every other year.

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

College of the Rockies to add 96 beds for student housing in Cranbrook

$17.7 million project featuring six cottege-style buildings to be completed by 2020

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Most Read