Taylor moves to allow microbrews, cannabis shops

Taylor is one step closer to allowing cannabis retailers and brewers and distillers to open shop and do business in the district.

On Tuesday, council gave first two readings to zoning bylaw amendments that will allow retail cannabis, craft distillery, and micro brewery businesses to operate in commercial and service commercial zones, largely confined to 100 and 100A streets along the Alaska Highway.

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Under the amendments, cannabis retailers won't be allowed within 200 metres of a daycare or school, or within 100 metres from the golf course, park, or a place of worship.

“We are not looking to attract anybody in, we’re not actively engaged in trying to attract a cannabis retail outfit, for instance. But because the three … all fit into the same sort of mold, that’s why we decided to do all three at the same time,” Mayor Rob Fraser said.

Last year, council had voted to ban legal cannabis sales and production, punting the issue for reconsideration post-legalization. It reopened the discussion this spring along with a broader look at its zoning rules after a local group of prospective investors approached the district about opening a craft brewery.

The bylaw changes were a topic at a recent open house with council. Though it was sparsely attended, some residents, and even the brewery proponent came with their opinions and had a good discussion, Fraser said.

“Now that we’ve got a bylaw, we advertise it and get it out there, and people see we’re actually doing it, we’ll see if that brings out any more input,” Fraser said. 

A public hearing on the bylaw amendments will be scheduled later this summer.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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