PRRD rehashes cannabis zoning rules

Zoning rules to permit cannabis stores in the Peace River Regional District will go to a public hearing next month.

Board directors gave first two readings of bylaw amendments on Thursday that would allow retailers to operate in service-commercial, service-industrial, local commercial, and neighbourhood commercial zones in the region. Stores would be prohibited within 200 metres of a school or daycare, and prohibited within 100 metres of parks, places of worships, medical clinics, rehab centres, and other cannabis businesses.

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The hearing will take place immediately prior to the Nov. 26 board meeting.

Cannabis-related businesses are currently prohibited in all regional district zoning.

In January, directors rejected zoning amendments for a proposed store in Charlie Lake. Only the school district put forward concerns, citing the health and safety of nearby students at Charlie Lake Elementary.

No other developers have come forward with proposals.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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