A downtown juice bar might soon be a craft brewery.

Osoyoos Council Monday afternoon approved a zoning amendment bylaw that would allow for the establishment of a craft brewery in a Watermark Beach Resort retail space.

The ground-floor rental unit — located at the south end of the resort’s main building — was until recently occupied by The Juice Box.

“Council approved a rezoning proposal in 2016 which allows for craft distilleries to be located in the Downtown Commercial (C-1), Highway Commercial (C-3), Tourist Commercial (C-4) and Special Industrial (M-3) zones,” explains Don McArthur, the Town’s Senior Planner, in a report to Council.

“However, the definition of craft distillery does not include brewing . . . Furthermore, the Watermark Resort has Comprehensive Development (CD6) zoning which allows for a number of commercial uses, including retail, restaurant, and licensed establishment. However, in 2016, craft distillery was not added as a permitted use in the CD6 zone, despite its downtown location and adjacency to the C1 zone.

He added that in order for the proposed business to proceed, “the revised craft brewery/ distillery use would need to be added to the list of permitted uses for the CD6 zone.”

The brewery would also have to comply with other Town bylaws and meet provincial regulatory and health standards.

As well as approving the application, Council also granted First and Second Readings to the zoning amendment bylaw and set a public hearing date (Oct. 7 at 4:00 p.m.).


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