The PRRD is proposing to repeal the Peace River Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2316 (Cannabis-Related Business), 2018 and replace it with Peace River Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2377 (Cannabis), 2020 which will implement clear and definitive requirements in the Regional District Zoning bylaw for the regulation of cannabis retail establishments in the PRRD:
Where permitted, cannabis retail stores may not be located on properties within:
i. 200 metres from a parcel containing a school or day care; and
ii. 100 metres from any parcel containing a park, place of worship, medical clinic, rehabilitation centre, or other cannabis-related business
Currently, cannabis related businesses are prohibited throughout all zones in PRRD zoning bylaws. Any location that is proposed for the distribution and/or sale of cannabis would be required to apply for and obtain a zoning bylaw amendment. Although the PRRD Cannabis-Related Business Policy directs that zoning amendments for the purpose of cannabis-related business will only be considered within commercial and industrial zones, it does not provide guidance for where cannabis-related businesses should be located, as it pertains to the protection of public health and safety, and proximity to schools, parks and churches.
On September 27, 2018 the Regional Board adopted Peace River Regional District Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2316 (Cannabis-Related Business), 2018 in response to the legalization of Cannabis in Canada. This bylaw amended the five current PRRD bylaws to prohibit cannabis-related businesses.
The final report to the Regional Board includes the Agency Referral Responses, Public Notification, Public Hearing Agenda, past reports, the bylaw and Cannabis-related Business Policy and can be read here: Cannabis-Related Business Zoning Amendment Bylaw 3rd Reading and Adoption