Osoyoos Council put the brakes Monday — at least temporarily — to a proposed downtown cannabis store while giving a first nudge to another proposed pot shop in the Gateway Plaza.
It also affirmed a $500 licensing fee for cannabis outlets in the community
Council, asked to consider a third reading for a proposed retail cannabis outlet on the Owl Pub property downtown, decided to table the proposal, urging additional staff investigation of public access to the outlet, which is located at the back of the building adjacent to a service corridor.
“I have a concern about the ability for customers, if there was a retail outlet of any kind in there to be able to get in and out of there safely,” said Mayor Sue McKortoff.
“It concerns me that if we move forward with this that we could have a liability issue at some point.
Council agreed to table the proposal to hear what solutions the site’s champion could provide.
Meanwhile, Council heard, the Town is requiring a parking lot beneath the property be opened regardless of the proposal’s outcome.
“We’ve requested that this be resolved before our summer onslaught of tourists,” explained Gina MacKay, the Town’s Director of Planning and Development Services.
Council did, however, start another process to allow a fourth retail cannabis outlet into the community, this one to be located in the Gateway Plaza, specifically in two vacant units located next to the Dollar Store With More franchise.
The proposed development would be utilizing spaces that have been vacant since the shopping centre was developed.
A required site-specific use zoning amendment bylaw for this fourth cannabis request was given two readings. An April 1 date was set for a public hearing.
Two other proposed outlets — both downtown — are awaiting final approval to open, those processes held up at the provincial level.
When any of the four open, they will be required to pay a $500 business licensing fee. That amount was approved by Council this afternoon.