Osoyoos Council today will get a first look at a second potential cannabis retail shop in the community — this one proposed for Main Street downtown.

“The applicant is proposing to open a retail cannabis store at 8322 Main Street,” writes Gina MacKay, the Town’s Director of Planning and Development Services, in a report to Council. “This property has remained vacant for a few years aside from occasional office use.”

The building was most recently used as a BC Elections office during the 2017 provincial election.

Specifically, Council is being asked to give first and second readings to a Zoning Amendment Bylaw that, if adopted, would allow for the site-specific use as a retail cannabis store.

A provincial iicence is also required.

“Staff is of the opinion that this location is suitable for the proposed use and will enable a new business to be established in the Town of Osoyoos,” Ms. MacKay writes, asking Council to also set a January 19 public hearing to discuss the zoning change.

Council is already dealing with a similar application, and will be asked this afternoon to give third reading to a zoning change for a property located at 8304 72 Ave.

A public hearing for that property was held December 3.

Council this morning will also get a first look at proposed licensing fees for cannabis sales in the community.

A report provided for discussion at Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting is proposing a $1,000 licencing fee for retail cannabis outlets.

“When it comes to the issuance of a business licence (for retail cannabis sales) the approach varies throughout the Province,” a report to Council reads.

“These fees range from modest amounts ($150) to very high fees of as much as $10,000. Staff have suggested an annual business licence fee of $1000 for a retail cannabis store.”

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