Cannabis retail outlet proposed for plaza on Promontory

Public meeting Feb. 12 for what would be first retail shop in City of Chilliwack

Chilliwack’s first retail cannabis store is one step closer with an application to city hall and a public information meeting planned for Feb. 12.

The owners of the Promontory Hillside Plaza have applied to the City of Chilliwack to rezone one unit at the Teskey Way plaza from local commercial to the new cannabis retail.

The new C9 zone was approved by city council in September after a public input meeting in advance of marijuana legalization in Canada.

• READ MORE: Strong demand for cannabis retail applications anticipated in Chilliwack

Included in the cannabis retail zone is a restriction that says shops have to be 300 metres minimum distance from schools, community centres, sports fields, playgrounds, as well as supportive housing facilities or those serving vulnerable youth.

Promontory Heights elementary school is approximately 1.3 kilometres away from the proposed store at the Teskey Way location.

City hall anticipated strong demand once the new zone was created, and indeed within a few weeks there were four zoning applications in the queue. By Jan. 31, a city spokesperson said the planning department had 10 C9 rezoning applications.

One of the first out of the gate, Central Cannabis Company Inc., seeking to rezone a property in Yarrow, said in December their Chilliwack shop would be the first of eight in B.C.

On the day pot became legal in Canada on Oct. 17, the Central Cannabis rep tweeted: “We are preparing to open 8 Retail Cannabis Stores in British Columbia. Stay tuned!”

• READ MORE: Four companies vying to open cannabis stores in locations across Chilliwack

None of the 10 applications have yet come forward to council for consideration, but city hall anticipates the first will come forward “in the near future.”

Of course, it’s not like cannabis users can’t already get product in the city. Last July, the RCMP cracked down on two cannabis retail shops on First Nations reserves, Indigenous Bloom on Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt land on Ashwell Drive, and The Kure Cannabis Dispensary on Skwah just off Wolfe Road.

• READ MORE: RCMP execute search warrants at Chilliwack cannabis shops on First Nations land

Both shops opened up the next day, but after legalization in October, The Kure shut its doors hoping to jump through the government hoops towards getting a legal retail licence.

Indigenous Bloom continues to operate and in fact has a second store set to open soon on Schweyey Road on Shxwha:y Village land.

Anyone interested in the proposed Promontory cannabis retail outlet is welcome to attend a public information meeting on Feb. 12 at Promontory Heights elementary from 6 to 9 p.m.

– with files from Jennifer Feinberg


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

cannabis

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COLUMN: The other graph that shows B.C. can beat COVID-19

Is the curve being flattened? data on hospitalizations provides a crucial answer.

UPDATE: Missing Chilliwack teen found, safe and sound

RCMP ‘pleased to confirm’ teen has been located

Health officials are restricting visitor access to facilities in Chilliwack and Hope

Access rules for CGH and RCH, long-term care homes, and assisted living facilities have changed

COVID-19 case diagnosed at Abbotsford rehabilitation residence

First Abbotsford care home to have confirmed COVID-19 case

Fraser Valley’s tulips fields off limits to visitors due to COVID-19

Abbotsford and Chilliwack tulip farmers have announced their festival season won’t go ahead

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Vancouver man, 21, charged after mother found dead in Squamish home

Ryan Grantham, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Surrey MLA Jinny Sims cleared of criminal wrongdoing

She resigned her cabinet post during RCMP investigation

Most Read