Sec­ond cannabis store ap­pli­ca­tion re­con­sid­ered for Swift Cur­rent

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Matthew Lieben­berg

The sec­ond cannabis store ap­pli­ca­tion in Swift Cur­rent will be re­con­sid­ered by coun­cil af­ter a change in its lo­ca­tion in the down­town busi­ness area.

Coun­cil­lors voted in favour of a mo­tion at a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on July 29 to con­sider a dis­cre­tionary use ap­pli­ca­tion for a cannabis re­tail store at 212 Cen­tral Av­enue North.

Coun­cil ap­proved the orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion for a sec­ond cannabis store in Swift Cur­rent in Fe­bru­ary. That de­vel­op­ment per­mit was for a store at 220 Cen­tral Av­enue North, which is next door to the new ap­pli­ca­tion.

Kathy Dand, the City’s act­ing gen­eral man­ager for plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, told the meet­ing the pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion by the per­mit holder 102014474 Saskatchew­an Inc. was sub­mit­ted in part­ner­ship with Westleaf Re­tail Inc.

“Since that time, the part­ner­ship be­tween th­ese two com­pa­nies was dis­solved and the lo­ca­tion is no longer un­der a pur­chase agree­ment,” she said.

The per­mit holder 102014474 Saskatchew­an Inc. has en­tered into a new part­ner­ship with YSS Cor­po­ra­tion/Sweet Tree Cannabis Co. The new part­ners have de­cided to lease a dif­fer­ent re­tail space, which is im­me­di­ately next door to the pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion.

“They are now ap­ply­ing for a change of use de­vel­op­ment per­mit to es­tab­lish a cannabis re­tail store as a dis­cre­tionary use at 212 Cen­tral Av­enue North,” she ex­plained. “This lo­ca­tion is within the DC2-C1 di­rect con­trol cen­tral down­town dis­trict, which al­lows cannabis re­tail as a dis­cre­tionary use.”

The City’s zon­ing by­law de­ter­mines that a dis­cre­tionary use must be for­mally ap­proved by a coun­cil res­o­lu­tion.

“Ad­di­tional pro­ce­dures, in­clud­ing a public hear­ing, are also re­quired to en­sure coun­cil con­sid­ers whether the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment con­forms to the by­law’s site reg­u­la­tions and de­vel­op­ment stan­dards, will not be a source of nui­sance or en­dan­ger the public, and will not im­pede the or­derly de­vel­op­ment of the sur­round­ing prop­erty,” Dand said.

A public no­tice will be mailed to all as­sessed prop­erty own­ers within a 75-me­tre ra­dius of the pro­posed cannabis re­tail store and it will also be ad­ver­tised in the lo­cal me­dia. The public hear­ing for this ap­pli­ca­tion will take place at the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on Aug. 26 and coun­cil will make a de­ci­sion at the Sept. 9 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Ron Toles said this ap­pli­ca­tion does not ap­pear to be a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue, be­cause the pro­posed cannabis re­tail store will sim­ply move next door.

On a broader level he re­stated a point he made pre­vi­ously at meet­ings that the 75-me­tre ra­dius for de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions needs to be re­viewed. He felt in­ter­ested par­ties be­yond this dis­tance might be af­fected by an ac­tiv­ity that re­quires a de­vel­op­ment per­mit.

Coun­cil­lor Ryan Plewis said coun­cil al­ready had a cou­ple of public hear­ings for de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions. He en­cour­aged peo­ple to be in­volved and to have their say by at­tend­ing the public hear­ing or by sub­mit­ting cor­re­spon­dence in writ­ing.

“We do look at those things, we do lis­ten to them,” he men­tioned. “Public opin­ion has changed the way we do things from time to time. So it’s not an empty process. It is ac­tu­ally a process that means some­thing.”

He added that as far as moral­ity is­sues are con­cerned with re­gard to cannabis use, there are none to con­sider in this case, be­cause it has been legally al­lowed in Canada.

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