Notice of Public Hearing: Cannabis Retail Zoning Bylaw Amendment R 18-07

Dec 05 - Jan 09 2019

Smithers Town Council will consider Zoning Amendment (R18-07) to permit Cannabis Sales within the Town of Smithers, on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC.

The Town’s Zoning Bylaw is the primary tool to regulate land-use zones in which cannabis can and cannot be sold. Amendments include:

  • Establishing a use category by creating definitions for “cannabis” and “cannabis retail sales”;
  • Adding “cannabis retail sales” as a permitted principal use in downtown zones (C-1, C-1A, C-1B).
  • Requiring a 150-metre minimum distance from schools.

The proposed Bylaw 1849, if adopted, would permit cannabis retail sales in the downtown area of Smithers.

Town Council had given the First and Second readings of the Bylaw on November 13th, 2018, and a Public Hearing is set for the January 8th, 2019 regular meeting.

Anyone who believes they will be affected by any of the proposed bylaw is invited to submit verbal or written comment to Council for consideration. Written submissions must be received by 1:00 pm on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

The application & background information can be viewed below or at the Town Office, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

When is a Zoning amendment necessary?
Zones regulate what land uses are permitted in the community and provides information such as where buildings may be located, density requirements, and standards for lot size, parking requirements and building height. A Rezoning is a process of changing one zone to another. When a development is proposed, including constructing new buildings or changing the types of activities that occur on a property, the owner must check the zoning regulations for that property. If the existing zone does not permit the proposed development then it is necessary to apply for a rezoning.

Background Information:

For further information visit or please contact the Development Services Department at (250) 847-1600.

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