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**November 13, 2018 Notice of Public Hearing regarding proposed zoning bylaw for Cannabis Retails Sales and Cannabis production in Golden.

Town of Golden Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1402, 2018 – Cannabis, Corporate Policy on Applications from the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch, Town of Golden Administrative Fees and Information Access Bylaw No. 1403, 2018, Town of Golden Trade License Amendment Bylaw No. 1404, 2018.

What is proposed?

The purpose of proposed Town of Golden Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1402, 2018 – Cannabis is to introduce the permitted use of Cannabis Retail to the Mixed-Use Commercial C2 zone (click HERE to see a map) and the use of Cannabis Production to the Light Industrial M2 zone.

Council has reviewed a draft Corporate Policy on Applications from the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). This policy outlines how Council will consider cannabis retail and certain liquor applications referred from the Province’s LCRB including, application requirements, public input gathering method, and criteria Council may consider when evaluating an application.

Also, Town of Golden Administrative Fees and Information Access Bylaw No. 1403, 2018 and Town of Golden Trade License Amendment Bylaw No. 1404, 2018 proposes to set a license fee for cannabis retail and fees associated with LCRB applications. 

How can I find out more?

Background material may be viewed at the Town Hall from Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday (note Tuesdays Town Hall opens at 9:30am). For more information contact: Phil Armstrong, Manager of Development Services / Planner at 250.344.2271 ext 236 or

View the report to Cannabis Rezoning report to Council HERE.

How can I give feedback?

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed application and wishes to register an opinion may do so:

a) By forwarding written submissions for Council consideration (attention of the Manager of Legislative Services) by post (P.O. Box 350, Golden B.C. V0A 1H0) or by email to (only emails sent to this email address will form part of the Council Agenda). Any submissions must be received by 12:00 pm (noon) on Thursday, November  27th, 2018; and / or

b) By appearing before Council at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall Council Chambers (810 9th Ave South).

***October 16, 2018 Update on Cannabis Legalization in Canada

The Government of Canada has legalized cannabis consumption, effective on October 17, 2018. This is a federal government decision with much of the other legislation also falling within provincial purview.

Over the summer, Town Council gave staff bylaw drafting direction on zoning for retail cannabis sales and also proposed to expand/clarify where public use of cannabis can occur. These bylaws will be presented for Council consideration in November. From a zoning perspective, retail cannabis is proposed to permitted in the Mixed-Use Commercial C2 zone. 

There are provincial and federal public use regulations you may wish to familiarize yourself with. 

Adults 19+ can generally smoke or vape cannabis in public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping are allowed. But remember, second-hand smoke can be harmful and irritating to people, especially children, so be mindful when smoking in public spaces.  However, smoking and vaping cannabis are not allowed in the following public places:

•  Playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, swimming pools and spray pools, or any decks or seating areas associated these places;
•  Public buildings, workplaces, or common areas of apartments, condos, or dormitories, and within six metres of air intakes, windows, and doorways attached to these places;
•  Regional and municipal parks, except for designated campsites;
•  Provincial parks, except for areas identified or designated;
•  Public patios;
•  Health board properties, except in designated smoking areas.

Non-medical cannabis consumption (in all forms) is banned on K-12 school properties, as well as any adjacent sidewalks or boulevards.

It’s also illegal for both driver and passenger(s) to consume non-medical cannabis in a car.

For more information on what’s legal, public use, health info, growing at home etc, please visit  and

***Posted in August, 2018
At the Special Open Council Meeting held on July 31st 2018, Council discussed rolling out a local government regulatory framework in response to federal government legislation that has legalized, strictly regulated and restricted access to cannabis, as well as provincial legislation that has allowed for non-medical cannabis retail sales in both private and public retail stores. 
Council has given staff general direction:

  • To bring forward a zoning amendment bylaw for Council consideration to introduce the permitted use of  non-medical cannabis retail sales to the Mixed Commercial–C2 zone –- which is the commercial area south of the Kicking Horse River bridge and between 6th St N and 7th St N. Any production facilities will be restricted to the Light Industrial - M2 zone.
  • To draft a policy to guide Council’s evaluation of referrals from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, which will include items such as a simple evaluation matrix for applications; application intake periods; no caps on the number of stores; and the method for gathering public input on specific applications. This process will be the same as the process for rezoning applications (two ads in the paper, a mail out and delivery to those with 100 m of the subject property, and a sign describing the application). 
  • There will also be a fee set higher than a rezoning application for processing cannabis retail referrals.
  • To draft a smoke free bylaw (no smoking) for certain areas such as the downtown core and particularly where children gather (parks, schools, libraries, local government facilities).
For more information on the federal, provincial and local government’s areas of jurisdiction please refer to the July 31st briefing note that Council reviewed prior to the discussion. The report can be viewed HERE.