Cannabis on deck

Rezoning application adopted

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Sun Peaks is another step closer to having cannabis retail from partners planning to open a store named Flight Deck.

During a June 18 council meeting Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality councillors unanimously voted to adopt a rezoning application from the local applicants. Councillor Darcy Alexander was not present and did not attend or vote by phone.

The approval gives the property a site specific amendment allowing cannabis retail.

It comes after months of work from the applicants, Sonya Trevisi and Kyle Vike, who first came before council and received first and second reading April 16.

After a public hearing on June 4 council gave third reading and requested three items; a letter outlining signage plans, a letter agreeing left turns onto the property may be restricted in the future and a more detailed parking plan.

All three were supplied and the parking plan now includes eight spots instead of five.

“It feels really good because there were a lot of naysayers,” said Trevisi. “It’s been one hurdle after another and it feels good to have made it over another hurdle.”

Melissa Vike, who helped with the application and business, said support at the public hearing was overwhelming.

“It’s something so special about Sun Peaks that people are willing to rally around you and take time out of their day to support you,” she said. “We’re very grateful. We want Sun Peaks to be our home and this is such a big step to spending more time on our hill with our family…thank you to the community and the municipality.

“Thank you to the naysayers as well,” she continued. “We learned more and built our business plan around the opposers.”

The partners now turn their efforts to the provincial application process. They will undergo extensive checks for financial integrity, criminal background and employment history as well as site visits for security, signage, employees and more.

The provincial government will also request information from the municipality to confirm residents and council support the applicants and location.

Currently the process for provincial approval takes seven to nine months, however Trevisi is optimistic with more experience and staff applications will begin to be processed faster.

If everything goes according to plan they hope to be open in the winter of 2020.