The City of Revelstoke wants your input on what local cannabis production and sales should look like come federal legalization in October.
As part of the planning process, the city has released a fact sheet and is conducting a survey.
“The intent of this project is to get ahead of impending legalization and ensure proper zoning and associated regulation (i.e. business licensing, Clean Air Bylaw) is in place for cannabis-related businesses, ” said the city’s news release.
Regulations will cover where cannabis-related businesses can locate as well as additional requirements for municipal approval, such as buffers from facilities catering to you, application processing fees and distances from other cannabis-related facilities.
This is part of the process promised by city council earlier this year when they passed a bylaw making production and sales of cannabis illegal in Revelstoke.
“This bylaw proposes an interim prohibition on specific land uses including cannabis dispensaries both recreational and medical, commercial cannabis manufacturing and production, and it also clarifies that horticulture, where permitted, will not include the growing of cannabis at this time,” said Nigel Whitehead, director of development services, at a council meeting in May.
The intent behind that bylaw was to allow city staff time to consult with the community and develop regulations on what can and can’t be done as well as where businesses can operate in the city.
In order to develop the new bylaw before legalization on Oct. 17, the survey will be closing Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. and the bylaw is scheduled to come before council for first reading on Sept. 18, second reading and the public hearing are scheduled for Oct. 9 and adoption is scheduled for the Oct. 11 meeting.