On February 11, 2020, Council adopted Bylaw No. 3215 and Bylaw No. 3216 to permit a Cannabis Retail Use rezoning at the following locations:

  • 1-101 Morrissey Road (Burb)
  • 2816 St. Johns Street (Kiaro)

These applications are associated with the City’s first round of application processing for applications received by October 15, 2019. A public hearing was held on November 26, 2019. These retail stores are now open.

On May 12, 2020, Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw No. 3254 permit Cannabis Retail Use rezoning at the following location:

  • 2343 Clarke Street (Happy Hippie Cannabis)

This application is associated with the City’s second round of application processing for applications received by April 1, 2020. A public hearing was held on June 2, 2020. The application is currently being held at third reading until the City receives notice of a fit and proper assessment from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB).

Background

Retail stores that sell cannabis will be considered in Port Moody through a site-specific rezoning process. Our Cannabis Retail Use Corporate Policy includes the land use and business licence requirements that must be met, as well as the application process for a proposed Cannabis Retail Use.

Land use and business licence requirements

Requirements include:

  • a 75-metre buffer distance between retail cannabis stores and sensitive uses (defined as schools, playgrounds, and community centres);
  • the property in question must be zoned for commercial retail use; and
  • a number of business licence regulations, related to design and security, in addition to the basic Provincial requirements.

The City will permit a maximum of five retail cannabis stores in Port Moody within the first 12 months following the May 2019 adoption of the applicable Zoning Bylaw amendment.

Application process

Council considered rezoning applications for Cannabis Retail Use that were received by October 15, 2019 as part of the first round of application processing, and applications that were received by April 1, 2020 for the second round of application processing. Council considered the applications in batches to determine the most suitable options for the community. A public hearing was held for the public to provide input into each proposed Cannabis Retail Use location.

Before submitting a rezoning application, prospective applicants must first apply to the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. The LCRB will forward applications that meet the provincial requirements to the City for a recommendation. Staff will notify applicants to submit a rezoning application when the referral from LCRB is received by the City. Staff will notify the LCRB of the City’s recommendation based on the decision of Council at the conclusion of the rezoning process.

Additional information

 Public consultation (2018)

To prepare for the legalization of cannabis, the City of Port Moody asked residents and business owners/operators to share their thoughts on whether retail cannabis stores should be permitted in Port Moody and, if permitted, what land use guidelines and business licence regulations should apply to these stores.

 Federal and provincial cannabis legislation resources