There were no written or verbal submissions from Quesnel residents during a public hearing regarding proposed zoning changes to allow retail cannabis sales or distribution and cannabis production in the city earlier this week.
City council held a public hearing to deal with proposed bylaw 1863 to amend the City’s zoning bylaw Feb. 5. The proposed amendment would define and permit retail cannabis sales use in downtown Quesnel, West Quesnel, along Highway 97 in commercial zones, and in property zoned for shopping centres. Retail cannabis sales facilities would not be permitted within 100 metres of a secondary school or junior school, playground or play field and would not be permitted within 50 metres of residentially-zoned property.
The amendment would also allow cannabis production in Quesnel’s light industrial zone, which is located near the airport.
Council approved first reading of the zoning amendment bylaw Dec. 8.
In the lead-up to this week’s public hearing, the City did not receive any written submissions from residents. Only three people who were not City staff or there to present to council as a delegation were in the gallery on Feb. 5, and nobody from the gallery addressed council regarding the amendment.
Following the public hearing, council gave the bylaw second and third readings during its regular council meeting.