IT'S TIME TO TALK CANNABIS IN TOFINO
Four applications were received for Cannabis Retail Temporary Use Permits. Two Permits were issued.
Read on to review Tofino's process and community consultation.
Which applications were approved?
Applications for Temporary Use Permits for Cannabis Retail Stores opened February 25th, 2019, for a period of 30 days (until midnight, March 27th, 2019). Council received the four applications, and on August 13, 2019, Temporary use Permits were issued to:
- Daylight Cannabis (1-671 Industrial Way) and
- West Coast Cannabis Store (1182 Pacific Rim Hwy).
How were applications evaluated?
All four applications were reviewed at the Special Committtee of the Whole meeting held June 3, 2019.
PRINCIPLE 1: Community Health – Protecting the health of young people by restricting their access to cannabis and limiting exposure to cannabis advertising.As part of the Cannabis TUP Application Policy, Council considered the following core principles when evaluating applications:
PRINCIPLE 2: Social Benefit – Development of a diverse and resilient economy that maintains and enhances the natural environment, sustains local livelihoods, promotes human well-being, and supports community development.
PRINCIPLE 3: Engagement and Support – Meaningful engagement with the public and First Nations’; as well as support from District staff in consideration of existing District of Tofino plans, reports and strategies.
Cannabis Retail/Production/Distribution Prohibited in Zoning Bylaw
The Zoning Bylaw prohibits the use of any land, building, or structure for the sale, production, or distribution of cannabis.
In order to start a cannabis retail store, businesses are required to obtain a Temporary Use Permit using the process outlined in the Cannabis Retail TUP Policy (above).
Smoking Regulation Bylaw
Smoking Regulation Bylaw No. 1249, 2018 prohibits smoking or vaping (tobacco, cannabis, etc.) within 6 m of outdoor public places such as parks, beaches, workplaces, etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT'S LAWS REGARDING CANNABIS?
No Sale, Production, or Distribution: On June 26th, 2018, District of Tofino Council passed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1238, 2018, which prohibits the use of any land, building, or structure for the sale, production, or distribution of cannabis. In order to start a cannabis retail store, businesses will be required to obtain a Temporary Use Permit using the process outlined in the Cannabis Retail TUP Policy.
No Smoking or Vaping: On May 22, 2018, District of Tofino Council passed District of Tofino Smoking and Vaping Regulation Bylaw No. 1249, 2018 which prohibits smoking or vaping of any substance (cannabis, tobacco, etc.) in many outdoor public places. Learn more about District Smoking and Vaping Regulations in the infographic:
WHAT IS A TEMPORARY USE PERMIT?
A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is a tool to allow short-term commercial or industrial uses that do not comply with the Zoning Bylaw.
Even though the Tofino Zoning Bylaw now prohibits the use of any land or building for the sale or distribution of cannabis, a TUP would allow a cannabis retail operation to operate under certain conditions for a limted duration (3 years) while the community assesses the impacts of this new use.
Proponents will then apply through the public rezoning process for permanent land use designations permitting cannabis sales.
WHY DID TOFINO PROHIBIT CANNABIS RETAIL IN THE ZONING BYLAW?
The District of Tofino Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1238, 2018, implemented a District wide restriction on the sale of cannabis as an interim means to ensure our community was not caught unprepared for an influx of applications, and to allow the public time to consider how this type of business will fit into our community.
Other communities that have enacted or proposed similar temporary prohibitions on cannabis retail stores include:
- City of Nelson
- Resort Municipality of Whistler
- District of North Cowichan
- Maple Ridge
- District of Peachland
Applicants will now move through a Temporary Use Permit process to allow the sale of non-medical cannabis for a period of three years, before applying to make the designation permanent through a change to zoning.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO APPLY? HOW IS THE PUBLIC INVOLVED?
The following chart outlines the process for a Cannabis TUP Application.
Applications will be posted on this webpage (www.tofino.ca/cannabis) for public review and comment.
HOW WE GOT HERE
The District held two public information sessions, distributed two detailed feedback forms, and held a stakeholder roundtable with representatives from community organizations. After listening to what interested community members have said, we compiled the following "What We've Heard" presentation.
This information was used to develop the process and criteria for applicants who wish to open a cannabis retail business in Tofino.
Staff Reports (Agenda Packages below, navigate to the report by searching "Cannabis")
- District Staff Report 1 - January 9, 2018 (item 8.2)
- District Staff Report 2 - February 27, 2018 (item 8.4)
- District Staff Report 3 - April 30, 2018 CoW (item 7.2)
- District Staff Report 4 - May 22, 2018 (item 8.2)
- District Staff Reports 5 and 6 - June 11, 2018 (CoW) (Items 7.1 and 7.2)
- District Staff Report 7 - August 14, 2018 (item 8.8)
- District Staff Report 8 - November 23, 2018 (CoW) (Item 7.3)
- District Staff Report 9 - February 12, 2019 (Item 8.3)
- Public Hearing Information Bulletin - February 9, 2018
- What we Heard - Public Feedback Summary
- Public Hearing Summary - June 12, 2018
Federal and Provincial Information
- B.C. Cannabis Retail Store Licence Terms and Conditions Handbook (New)
- B.C. Cannabis Private Retail Licencing Guide
- Federal Legislation - Bill C45
- Vision to Action: Sustainable Community Action Plan
- District of Tofino Land Use and Development Procedures and Fee Bylaw No. 899, 2002
- District of Tofino Zoning Bylaw No. 770, 1997 and Zoning Map
- District of Tofino Sign Control Bylaw No. 1193, 2014
- District of Tofino Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1200, 2013
Manager of Community Sustinability