Next steps on cannabis retail sales in Port Moody
At the May 14, 2019 Regular Meeting, a public hearing will be scheduled for Council to consider third reading and adoption of Zoning Bylaw amendments pertaining to Cannabis Retail Use. The proposed amendment would define Cannabis Retail Use and exclude this use from the existing definition of Retail. As a result, any proposals for a Retail Cannabis Use would be considered through a site-specific rezoning process. The proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment is accompanied by proposed amendments to the Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw, 2015, No. 3000 and a Corporate Policy that was adopted by Council on April 9, 2019. The effective date of the Corporate Policy would be consistent with the date of the adoption of the proposed bylaw amendments.
At the April 9, 2019 Regular Meeting of Council, City staff presented a report to Council (Item 9.1) which included the following bylaw amendments and policies to regulate cannabis retail sales in Port Moody:
- Zoning Bylaw (Cannabis Retail Use) amendments for first and second readings (page 115);
- Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw, 2015, No. 3000 (Cannabis Retail Use) amendments for first, second, and third readings (page 117); and
- A draft Corporate Policy – Cannabis Retail Use for consideration of adoption (page 119).
The proposed bylaw amendments and draft corporate policy reflect the approach endorsed by Council on February 26, 2019 for cannabis retail sales in the city.
The meeting starts at 7pm in Council Chambers, 100 Newport Drive. You can also watch the Council meeting live starting at 7pm on Tuesday, May 14.
At the February 26, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting Council passed the following resolution:
THAT the following approach be endorsed:
- allow retail cannabis stores in the City of Port Moody subject to a successful rezoning application and cannabis retail licence from the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch;
- require a 75-metre buffer distance between retail cannabis stores and sensitive uses and define these sensitive uses as: schools, playgrounds, and community centres;
- require the following business licence regulations in addition to the basic Provincial requirements: interior signs informing customers of City smoking restrictions; proof of a monitored security and fire alarm contract, including video surveillance; visually appealing storefronts, consistent with the character of nearby buildings; design elements to help prevent crime, such as clear sightlines, low walls, and landscaping; and adequate lighting within the retail space during and outside of operating hours; and
- permit a maximum of five retail cannabis stores in Port Moody within the first 12 months following the adoption of the Zoning Bylaw Amendment;
- AND THAT staff be directed to report back on the necessary Zoning Bylaw amendments and Corporate Policy to implement the endorsed approaches for Council consideration.
Please note: Daycares are not being considered as a sensitive use and there is no buffer requirement between stores.
At the February 12, 2019 meeting, Council referred a report on the recommended approach for cannabis retail sales regulation to a Committee of the Whole meeting for further discussion. This topic was included on the February 26, 2019 Committee of the Whole agenda (Item 6.1).
If you have questions or comments about this public consultation process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd like to thank everyone who joined us at our recent open house and all of you who took the time to fill out our online survey. Review the information presented as part of our consultation.
The Government of Canada recently legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and certain federal changes allow provincial and local governments to regulate the sale of recreational cannabis. Municipalities oversee land use and zoning, as well as retail use locations and requirements, which means Port Moody Council can decide whether it will permit retail cannabis stores and, if permitted, whether it will adopt applicable guidelines and regulations.
For more information on federal and provincial cannabis legislation, check out the following resources: