Reasons for Multiple Development Permits at One Location
As required by Section 70.6 and 70.7 of the Zoning Bylaw, all development permits were issued with a condition requiring the store to be established or begin operations within nine months of the permit being issued. This ensured that cannabis retail stores only opened after legalization came into effect and those permit holders intended to develop their retail locations within a reasonable period of time.
City administration committed to City Council that this requirement would be removed once federal legalization occurred. On February 25, 2019, City Council approved changes to Section 70 of the Zoning Bylaw to vary the Government of Alberta regulations on separation distances and to remove Section 70.6 and 70.7 from the Zoning Bylaw.
These changes came into effect on February 26, 2019. All future development permits for cannabis retail will no longer be subject to the nine-month condition.
Existing cannabis retail sales development permit holders had the option to reapply for a new development permit to remove this nine-month condition. As a result, you might see additional development permit at the same property.