Six cannabis dispensary applications submitted to Delta, BC
The latest applications, including one from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, are still in the early stages of review
Delta’s board, at its September 27 meeting, said it had asked staff to no longer accept and review submitted applications to open cannabis dispensaries in the city – at least for now.
In June, following a public hearing, council unanimously approved the advancement of a request by Seed & Stone to open a private cannabis dispensary at 616 Chester Road, located on the Annacis Island.
It would be near the Highway 91 interchange and would be Delta’s first cannabis store. The operation will be located in a 3,638 square foot portion of an existing multi-tenant industrial building. The commercial part would be in a 1001 square foot storefront.
Seed and Stone, a non-medical cannabis retail brand, currently operates a store in Chilliwack and Victoria and is expanding into White Rock and elsewhere in British Columbia.
This request has yet to come back to the board for final approval.
In August, the city received requests for two more cannabis outlets in North Delta.
The rezoning requests would see a cannabis dispensary opened at the Delta Shoppers Mall at 8077 Scott Road as well as a dispensary at the Scottsdale Center Mall at 70 Avenue and Scott Road.
Earlier this year, Platinum Projects, on behalf of Inspired Cannabis Co., requested the rezoning of a 2,740 square foot commercial unit at the Delta Shoppers Mall.
This request was put on hold by Delta until the city finished processing Seed & Stone’s request.
The application to open a dispensary at the Scottsdale Center was submitted by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, a proposal that would see a 2,479 square foot cannabis retailer in the mall.
The city also recently received two requests to open dispensaries in Tsawwassen and one in Ladner.
Com. Dylan Kruger said the Optimist Council wanted to give staff time to deal with the current six requests before considering any additional requests.
He noted that he believed it was important that there be reasonable access to legal cannabis in the three communities of Delta, especially for the elderly and others who need access to medicinal marijuana. .
Prior to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, Delta’s council passed a bylaw prohibiting the production and retailing of cannabis in all areas except where the province permits in the agricultural land reserve.
The City will study the requests on a case-by-case basis.
The neighboring towns of Surrey and Richmond have banned retail cannabis dispensaries.