What is Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1871, 2018 about?
The intent of this Bylaw, if adopted, is to:
1. temporarily prohibit the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products/derivatives in all zones within Town of Creston boundaries; and,
2. temporarily prohibit the growing and production of cannabis and cannabis products/derivatives in all zones within Town of Creston boundaries, except lands designated as Agricultural Land Reserve, and except as in accordance with Federal and Provincial authority for personal consumption or personal or designated medical use.
The proposed zoning amendment will prevent cannabis related businesses from operating within the Town of Creston until a robust and appropriate regulatory framework has been established for commercial retail sales and production of cannabis within the Town of Creston.
How will this affect me?
Currently, there are no zoning regulations in regards to cannabis related businesses within Town limits. If appropriate Bylaws/Bylaw amendments are not in place in advance of Federal legalization, cannabis retail stores would be able to operate in any zone where retail sales are permitted, without appropriate regulations in place. This Zoning Bylaw amendment will give the Town the time necessary to conduct further public consultation and determine the best path forward for our community.
All persons will have an opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions respecting matters contained within the Bylaw at the Public Hearing on July 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Council Chambers.
How do I get more information?
A copy of the proposed Bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the Town Office, 238 - 10th Avenue North, between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, from July 5 to July 17, 2018 inclusive.
In addition, Town Staff will be hosting an Informal Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Town Hall Council Chambers. This Meeting will provide information on the proposed changes and give the public an opportunity to ask questions in advance of the formal Public Hearing.