Cannabis shops in Kelowna inching closer to reality

Not all was lost in the cannabis lottery

Pot shop proposals that lost out in the Kelowna lottery allowing them to open in the city may still have a chance.

According to city planning staff, eight of the 13 proposals that went to a lottery to determine which could proceed are eligible to apply for zoning bylaw text amendments. Those amendments could, if city council agrees, allow them to open closer to other stores, schools and parks than the current rules stipulate.

“It is anticipated that council will be presented with the first proposed rezoning bylaws for consideration of retail cannabis sales establishments in later this month,” said city planner Kim Brunet in a report going to council Monday.

“Rezoning applications that were not selected to move forward at this time are eligible to submit an application for a zoning bylaw text amendment.”

READ MORE: First private pot shop applications wending way through Kelowna city hall

In her report, Brunet said city staff will report back to council at a later date about a proposed process for how to handle the applications that were not selected to move forward at this time.

Community planning manager Ryan Smith said text amendment applications will be handled after the 15 proposals currently moving through city hall are dealt with.

He said he is aware some of the people behind applications that were not chosen in the lottery are upset. But he said, he believes the process was handled fairly. That, he added, is born out by a report from consultant Grant Thornton, which oversaw the entire process dealing with pot shop applications in Kelowna.

READ MORE: Kelowna expecting hundreds of pot shop applications

In October, following legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada by the federal government, the city received 41 applications to open retail stores. A seven-member committee set up by the city vetted the proposals and whittled them down to 35. Of those, 10 were accepted to move on to the rezoning stage and 13 went to the lottery because their proposed sites were to close together.

To be approved, an applicant must also be aproved by the province.

Smith said he expects in the end, the city will have 12 to 14 stores selling recreational cannabis.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Rain on the way for the Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon’s dust warning is ongoing

Four people displaced by Taylor Road fire

The Kelowna Fire Department say no one wass injured and the cause of the fire is not suspicious

Kelowna patios ready for spring

Check out some local patios that are coming out with the sun

Kelowna golf course ready and open for spring business

Two Eagles Golf Course opened Saturday, more to come

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA hopes annual climb will promote peace

MLA Norm Letnick’s 5th Annual Spring Climb for Health & World Peace is April 6

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Kootnekoff: R v. Sidhu, was he asleep?

Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus,… Continue reading

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Okanagan woman launches sewing studio

“I know there’s a lot of people up and down the valley that would love to sew.”

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

Letter: Stop raising the minimum wage

To the editor: The government is looking for ways to put more… Continue reading

Most Read