The zoning amendment to allow a cannabis micro-production facility at 1037 Venture Way was endorsed July 28, despite Gibsons Mayor Bill Beamish calling for additional information. Beamish stated he wanted more details on the project proponent and the plans for the property. After being advised by staff that those questions were not pertinent to the rezoning of the property, Beamish and the remainder of council voted in favour of adopting the bylaw.
Immediately after Beamish introduced the bylaw and voiced his concerns, Lindsey Grist, director of corporate services, reminded council that the bylaw had been the subject of a public hearing. With that hearing concluded, provincial legislation stipulates that council is not to receive additional information concerning the bylaw before voting on further readings. If the elected representatives agreed more details were needed, a second public hearing could be held.
Director of Planning Lesley-Anne Staats advised council that details related to the type of building, or building modifications on the site, would be the subject of a development permit. That document would come before the elected representatives for consideration at both the planning committee and council meetings. She noted that details related to business planning, such as who owns the controlling interest, are not a detail that requires council approval.
In calling for the vote on the bylaws at the meeting, Councillor David Croal stated that given the effort invested in bringing the issue to this point, council needed to make a decision and move on.
The rezoning bylaw for the Venture Way property was the subject of an online public hearing convened on July 14, and continued on July 21. The majority of the debate at those hearings focused on bylaws related to regulation of short-term rental accommodations in the Town. Those issues are slated to come before council in September.
That same public hearing gathered input on bylaw amendments that would allow for more types of residences in the Town to have secondary suites. Both the Official Community Plan and zoning amendment bylaws related to that issue were adopted at the July 28 council meeting.