Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) for Cannabis Retail
July 2023 Update
Four applicants have been granted Temporary Use Permits (TUP) for cannabis retail, following a Council review of all applications during the June 20 Regular Council meeting.
A TUP is a municipal approval for a temporary land use outside the generally permitted land uses within the Zoning and Parking Bylaw 303, 2015. The Zoning Bylaw outlines five designated TUP Areas where Council may consider a TUP for cannabis retail: the Village, Village North, Creekside, Function Junction and Nesters Plaza.
The RMOW received ten applications for Cannabis Retail TUPs during the defined intake period. The process reviewed the applications against policy-established criteria addressing leadership in sustainability, community and social wellbeing, balancing community and visitor demand, commitment to reconciliation and future store employee needs.
All but the Nesters retail zone received applications. Interested applicants may still apply for a Temporary Use Permit for the Nesters Retail zone.
TUPs have been awarded to:
- Village Centre area: This is Cannabis at #201 A&B, 4293 Mountain Square
- Village North area: Main Street THC Canada Ltd at #115, 4368 Main Street
- Creekside area: Spiritleaf Whistler at #103, 2011 Innsbruck Drive
- Function Junction area: A Little Bud at #1, 1050 Millar Creek Road
Cannabis Retail Policy
Cannabis Retail Policy G-27 outlines evaluation criteria to guide for the RMOW when reviewing applications for cannabis retail stores. Applications must be consistent with the Policy and follow an approval process by Council. The application guidelines and evaluation criteria set clear expectations and establish a transparent process.
Provincial Licence Referral
In addition to the Cannabis Retail TUP and business licence from the RMOW, applicants will be required to obtain a Cannabis Retail Store licence from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB).Successful TUP applicants have received supportive referrals to the Liqour and Cannbis Regulation Branch.
The municipal approvals process occurs in parallel to the provincial licensing process, similar to the approval process for liquor stores and pubs.
TUP Areas for Cannabis Retail
Council can approve up to five cannabis retail stores, one in each defined TUP Area as outlined in Zoning Amendment Bylaw (Cannabis Retail) No. 2371, 2022.
Instructions for interacting with the embedded map below.
1. Click on any parcel in the TUP areas to get a property’s addressing and the zoning information.
2. Use the ‘Search’ box to locate properties in the TUP areas by address.
3. Use the ‘Bookmark’ tool to center the map on any of the specific TUP areas or to take the map view back to the start view.
Presentations and Reports
- December 20, 2022 – Public Hearing Summary and Third Reading for Zoning Amendment Bylaw (Cannabis Retail) No. 2371
- September 20, 2022 – Cannabis Retail Strategy Bylaw Amendments Report
- August 2, 2022 – Cannabis Retail Strategy Update
- December 7, 2021 – Cannabis Retail Strategy