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Public Hearing May 22, 2018

 

Land Use Bylaw C-1260-94/PL180223

The LUB amendments proposed in bylaw C-1260-94  will consider where cannabis related uses will be allowed and how they will be regulated once legal.   In April 2017, the Federal Government tabled The Cannabis Act which establishes a legal framework for the legalization of cannabis across Canada. They have set the target date as no later than July 1, 2018 for this Act to take effect.  The Alberta Government established its own regulations within the federal framework and decided which responsibilities would be given to municipalities. The regulations regarding how cannabis would be regulated were released on February 16, 2018.

Municipalities will have a role with respect to cannabis consumption, the retail sale of cannabis, cannabis production, enforcement and education.  Management has guided their approach to the proposed municipal regulation of cannabis based on achieving the following objective:

“To provide a reasonable opportunity for the production, sale and consumption of recreational cannabis so as to remove the negative affects of prohibition.”

The Alberta Government has authorized the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) to license privately owned cannabis retail stores. Cannabis production facilities are licensed by Health Canada.  Under AGLC regulations, cannabis retail stores are required to be 100 metres from schools and hospitals.  Through their Land Use Bylaws, municipalities have the authority to:

• Set greater separation distances than set out by the provincial regulations, or add additional buffer zones to best suit their community’s needs;
• Specify any separation distances between cannabis retail stores;
• Establish additional development regulations

Proposed LUB amendment C-1260-94  will  add cannabis related uses to land use districts, establishes setback distances from sensitive uses and other specific regulations for cannabis uses.

The amendments aim to:

• Align with or exceed the Federal and Provincial legislation
• Allow for reasonable opportunity for retail sales
• Prevent clustering
• Provide reasonable separation from sensitive uses

• Ensure opportunities for a mix of commercial uses

They balance opportunities for cannabis related businesses and cannabis use with concerns for immediate and long term social impacts. The proposed cautious approach will allow the City of Grande Prairie to monitor community impact and revisit regulations yearly.

Additional information on the proposed municipal regulations of cannabis, including retail stores and production facilities, personal cultivation, consumption, business license regulations and maps is also available. 

For more information, please contact Alison Downing at 780-538-0434 or  adowning@cityofgp.com.

A copy of the City Council meeting agenda will be available here  on Friday, May 18.

 

A copy of the proposed bylaw and supporting information may be examined  by the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Planning and Development Department. We are located in the City Service Centre at 9505 – 112 Street, Grande Prairie.

Any person who wishes to make a presentation regarding any of these bylaws may do so at this Council meeting. Both written and oral presentations may be made. If you have any questions regarding the Public Hearing process, please contact the Legislative Services Manager at 780-357-7523.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 5/16/2018 12:11:44 PM