Powell River cannabis retail stores must have 150 metres distance between each other

New bylaw also stipulates separation from schools, playgrounds and recreation facilities

City of Powell River has adopted a bylaw that sets a 150-metre separation limit around cannabis retail stores for properties of varying usages.

At the council meeting on Thursday, May 16, council voted to adopt an amendment bylaw to the city zoning bylaw that stipulates cannabis retail stores must be located more than 150 metres from the nearest property line of a site containing another cannabis retail use, a school, public playground or city-owned recreation facility.

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Councillor Rob Southcott said this bylaw was consistent with what other communities have done in similar circumstances.

“It’s not a large change and it actually, in my view, allows the modified bylaw to serve the purpose intended better than the way it was originally written by shrinking the distances a little bit,” said Southcott. “It provides the separation that I think was originally intended.”

A zoning bylaw amendment originally set out 300 metres of separation in the Joyce Avenue corridor area. Cannabis retail stores are allowable in the C1, C4, MX, MC and W1 zones in City of Powell River.

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