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RFD- 3259 Public Hearings   Item #   3. a.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 03/12/2018  
Title:    C-1034-18 - Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment - Cannabis Related Use Moratorium - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Citizens feel safe within their communities.

Request for Decision Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide Council with background information on proposed Bylaw C-1034-18 for a Land Use Bylaw text amendment application in order to undertake the statutory public hearing.  This bylaw provides for a moratorium on cannabis related uses until such time as the federal and provincial governments have approved their legislation related to recreational cannabis.

This amendment is being brought forward by Administration to address potential risk issues. 


Proposed Motion
That Council thank those in attendance for their input.
Planning has been receiving an inordinate number of phone calls and emails from prospective applicants requesting approval of recreational cannabis related development prior to the release of federal and provincial legislation that will ultimately provide regulatory direction to the City. 

Administration is concerned that there may be risk to the City if an applicant finds a loophole in the existing Land Use Bylaw that would allow them to proceed with the development of a business related to cannabis sales and use. 

For additional information, please see the RFD for second and third readings contained within the March 12, 2018 council agenda.
The public hearing was advertised in the Spruce Grove Examiner as per requirement in the Municipal Government Act and posted on the City's website
If approved, the text of the Land Use Bylaw will be updated and posted on the City's website
Prohibiting any cannabis related uses until it is legalized and provincial regulation and licensing requirements are clarified will reduce risk to the City and will provide administration the necessary time to draft appropriate Land Use Bylaw regulations for future consideration of Council.
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