A proposal for a cannabis dispensary on Annacis Island will be subject to a public hearing.
The proposed pharmacy would be located at 616 Chester Road, a multi-tenant building on 3 acres off Highway 91, which is currently designated for medium industrial use. The owner is aiming to reallocate the property so that a cannabis dispensary and associated warehouse can be operated within part of the existing building.
According to a report from city officials, the pharmacy would take up 93 square meters of retail space and 245 square meters of warehouse space, and 97 square meters (1,044 square meters). ft.) office space on the mezzanine.
While retail and warehouse use is compatible with the current zoning of the site, Deltas Zoning Bylaw currently bans cannabis dispensaries except in individual cases. Delta City Council has so far approved two applications to reallocate cannabis production facilities in industrial areas of the city, but has yet to approve a “non-medical retail store,” as pharmacies are officially called by BC’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB).
The staff report states that the proposal complies with all other sections of the Delta zoning ordinance, except for the sale of cannabis.
The report went on to say that the city’s Property Use and Compliance Department, Delta Fire and Emergency Services, and the Delta Police Department have all stated that they have no concerns about the request.
The owner has agreed to the recommendations of the DPD on crime prevention site improvements, including outdoor lighting for the building perimeter and the parking lot, steel bollards at the shop entrance to prevent break-ins and break-ins of vehicles and the trimming of existing hedges and bushes.
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The pharmacy would be operated by Seed and Stone, a non-medical cannabis retail brand that currently has a store in Chilliwack and is expanding to Victoria and elsewhere in BC
The report notes that the owner has over 20 years of retail experience including managing liquor stores and therefore complying with provincial regulations and licensing requirements. Seed and Stone would have to buy cannabis products directly from the provincial government’s distribution arm, and there would be no local cultivation, processing, or manufacturing.
The Delta Council presented the proposal on Monday afternoon (14 June) in first and second readings and referred the proposal to a public hearing without discussion.
According to the personnel report, a letter was sent to the public about the proposal on November 24, 2020 and a public notice was posted at the site on December 15, 2020. So far, only two people have made comments, one for and one against.
The person who supported the application stated that a cannabis dispensary was needed to cater to residents of the Delta.
Meanwhile, a nearby property owner told the city that the use of cannabis dispensaries was inappropriate in an industrial area and raised concerns about possible break-ins and customers driving under the influence of alcohol.
The applicant has also submitted a license application to the LCRB, which is still in the preliminary examination phase.
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