The public will soon have a chance to provide input on seven different proposed cannabis stores, with a maximum of four to eventually be given the green light to legally sell weed in Abbotsford.
The city has already pre-zoned 10 different locations across the city for cannabis sales, set out a framework for how it will decide exactly who and where pot is sold, and limited the initial number of stores to just four.
In February, the city opened a window for applications. Eight different applications were made, with the owners paying thousands in fees, but one has already been eliminated from contention.
A store called “Green Buddha” proposed for 32042 South Fraser Way was recommended by staff to not move forward to the public input stage because the site was not pre-zoned for cannabis sales. The location was previously home to Couch Novelties, an unlicensed cannabis store.
One of the seven applications was made by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch to operate a government-owned BC Cannabis Store at Highstreet Shopping Centre.
The other six applications are:
• Honeycomb Cannabis at Meadow Fair Plaza (31940 South Fraser Way) in the Clearbrook neighbourhood.
• Meta Cannabis Supply Co. at Clearbrook Town Square (32500 South Fraser Way) in the city centre.
• A Little Bud at West Oaks Mall (32700 South Fraser Way) in the city centre.
• Sweed Cannabis Store at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre (32900 South Fraser Way) in the city centre.
• This is Cannabis at Abbotsford Village Shopping Centre (2070 Sumas Way) at the intersection of Sumas Way and South Fraser Way.
• Muse Cannabis Store at Parallel Marketplace (1920 North Parallel Road) in East Abbotsford.
Only four will be given the green light.
Over the summer, the city will hold a public hearing to solicit feedback from the public. Staff will then provide a comprehensive evaluation of applications, with council eventually weighing in.
Three of the proposed locations are in three central Abbotsford shopping centres close to one another.
The city’s Cannabis Retail Store Policy says that the city may “consider the proximity of a cannabis store to other proposed cannabis stores so as to provide geographic equity and avoid the clustering of stores.”
It also can look at proximity to parks, schools and recovery facilities, access to parking and loading, and a range of other factors.
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