City to con­sider ap­pli­ca­tion for sec­ond cannabis re­tail store in Swift Cur­rent

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG mlieben­[email protected]­

The pro­po­nent of a sec­ond cannabis re­tail store in Swift Cur­rent has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of use de­vel­op­ment per­mit to the City.

Michael Ruus, the City of Swift Cur­rent's gen­eral man­ager of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, pre­sented the ap­pli­ca­tion at a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Jan. 14.

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a mo­tion to give pub­lic no­tice of their intention to con­sider this ap­pli­ca­tion for a dis­cre­tionary use in the in the down­town area, which is zoned as a di­rect con­trol cen­tral down­town dis­trict.

The ap­pli­ca­tion by Westleaf Re­tail Inc. and 102014474 Saskatchew­an Inc. is propos­ing the use of the premise at 220 Cen­tral Av­enue North in the down­town busi­ness area as the lo­ca­tion for the cannabis re­tail store.

“From our per­spec­tive, look­ing at down­town de­vel­op­ment, we want to see va­cant spa­ces filled,” Ruus said af­ter the meet­ing.

“So I think that's a pos­i­tive that we have a new busi­ness that is want­ing to in­vest in the com­mu­nity and move for­ward to help em­ploy peo­ple and grow the com­mu­nity.”

The Saskatchew­an Liquor and Gam­ing Author­ity (SLGA) ap­proved per­mits for two cannabis re­tail stores in Swift Cur­rent. Saskatchew­an en­tre­pre­neur Kevin Tin­dall of 102014474 Saskatchew­an Inc. was se­lected through a lottery draw as one of the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants for a store in the city.

The City ap­proved the de­vel­op­ment per­mit for the other store in early Oc­to­ber and it opened for busi­ness at the end of De­cem­ber.

Cannabis re­tail is a dis­cre­tionary use within the di­rect con­trol cen­tral down­town dis­trict and this ap­pli­ca­tion will fol­low the same process as the first one.

A dis­cre­tionary use un­der the City's zon­ing by­law must be ap­proved through a res­o­lu­tion at a coun­cil meet­ing. A num­ber of steps must be com­pleted be­fore coun­cil­lors take a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

The de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion will be re­viewed by the City Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion, other City de­part­ments and ex­ter­nal agen­cies.

There is also an op­por­tu­nity for ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers and the pub­lic to pro­vide in­put on a pro­posed dis­cre­tionary use.

A pub­lic no­tice will be mailed to all as­sessed prop­erty own­ers within a 75-me­tre ra­dius of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment site, it will be ad­ver­tised in two con­sec­u­tive edi­tions of the Southwest Booster, and this no­tice will be posted on the City's web­site. A pub­lic hear­ing will then take place at a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

Ruus said it is im­por­tant that res­i­dents use the op­por­tu­nity for pub­lic in­put on a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion or project in the com­mu­nity.

“We’re con­stantly striv­ing to im­prove and make sure that peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity at the very least to be in­volved if they’re in­ter­ested in giv­ing their feed­back so that we can make bet­ter de­ci­sions at the end of the day,” he men­tioned.

The City's de­ci­sion to make cannabis re­tail stores a dis­cre­tionary use was ac­tu­ally a re­sult of sub­mis­sions at a pub­lic hear­ing last Au­gust.

There were six writ­ten sub­mis­sions when the ap­pli­ca­tion for the other cannabis store was con­sid­ered last year. One was in favour of the store and five ob­jected to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. Ruus was not aware of any com­plaints to the City about that store since it opened in De­cem­ber.

“I don't be­lieve we've re­ceived any con­cerns or com­plaints with the oper­a­tion of the ex­ist­ing re­tail cannabis out­let,” he said. “At the end of the day it's a re­tail use. There is no con­sump­tion oc­cur­ring on site. As part of that prior anal­y­sis of that ap­pli­ca­tion, the nui­sance as­pect, based on all the pro­fes­sional lit­er­a­ture we could find, ap­peared to be neg­li­gi­ble, quite sim­i­lar to a phar­macy or many other re­tail op­er­a­tions.”

Pro­posed zon­ing by­law amend­ment to al­low liquor stores:

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved a no­tion of mo­tion to ad­vise the pub­lic of their intention to make tex­tual amend­ments to Zon­ing By­law No. 24-2014 to add liquor stores as a per­mit­ted use in the area zoned as C4 shop­ping cen­tre com­mer­cial dis­trict.

Pi­o­neer Co-op re­quested the pro­posed tex­tual amend­ment to the zon­ing by­law, be­cause the com­pany will then be able to pro­ceed with a po­ten­tial new or change of use de­vel­op­ment at the Wheat­land Mall.

This tex­tual change will also mean the ex­ist­ing liquor store at the Swift Cur­rent Mall will be in com­pli­ance with the by­law.

City Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Tim Mar­cus told the meet­ing there was an over­sight by ad­min­is­tra­tion when the liquor store at the Swift Cur­rent Mall was de­vel­oped around 2005, be­cause there was no amend­ment then to al­low liquor stores as a per­mit­ted use in this shop­ping cen­tre com­mer­cial dis­trict. The pro­posed tex­tual amend­ment will there­fore cor­rect that er­ror.

A pub­lic no­tice will be pub­lished in the news­pa­per and there will be a pub­lic hear­ing for this pro­posed amend­ment at a fu­ture reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

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