One step closer to cannabis retail

Local applicants receive third reading from council

Around 100 people attended the hearing in person and more than 60 watched live online. Photo SPIN

Resident’s voices were heard loud and clear at the June 4 public hearing for a rezoning application for 1160 Sun Peaks Rd.

The application, from Kyle Vike and Sonya Trevisi, would amend the zoning to allow for cannabis retail on the site. It received third reading and will come back to council for adoption in June.

The first rezoning application to allow cannabis retail, submitted by Sun Peaks Resort LLP, was withdrawn officially on June 4.

Around 100 people attended the meeting in person and more than 60 watched live on a Facebook livestream. 15 letters were received by the municipality in support of the application and four against. During the public hearing 11 people spoke with only two of those (including Sun Peaks Resort LLP) against the proposal.

Those for the proposal spoke on the importance of having cannabis available in a safe way, the location being far from the village core and the applicants being outstanding citizens.

Points made against the application were the location being on a main access road, safety of those entering and exiting the property and the proximity to staff housing and families on Burfield Dr.

At the following special council meeting council discussed traffic flow on and around the property.

Councillor Ines Popig mentioned concerns there is no sidewalk in place on the frontage. Chief administrative officer Rob Bremner aussaged some of her and others councillors concerns with an explanation of current and future trails in the area.

Councillor Mario Pozza also expressed concern with pedestrians in the West Village as a whole but Mayor Al Raine and Bremner added that shouldn’t hold up this application when other developments in the area like Peaks West have been allowed to go ahead.

Raine requested staff provide more detailed information and a map of trails and suggested council will need to carefully consider placement of crosswalks and trails in the future.

He added concerns around the shop being the first impression of Sun Peaks aren’t relevant with current and proposed development further to the west.

Councillor Darcy Alexander said he supported the applicants but still had concerns with safety.

“The last thing anybody wants is for someone to get hurt on that road,” he said. “I have no concerns with the applicants in this situation, I just have concerns with the access.”

Council gave third reading unanimously and asked for three things before adoption. First the applicants must supply a more detailed parking plan that shows four or five stalls plus overflow if possible. Second, they must provide a letter to council accepting left turns onto the lot may be restricted at any time in the future and thirdly provide more information on signage to ensure proposed signs fit within the municipalities draft sign bylaw.

“Obviously council wants to work with you and good luck,” Raine said.