Minister supports cannabis rezoning application – next steps

Dear UEL, UBC, and UNA residents,

Earlier today, BC’s Minister of Municipal Affairs announced her decision to support the rezoning application for a cannabis store within the UEL (located at 5784 University Boulevard). You can read more about the decision here. I realize that her decision will come as a disappointment to the majority of residents that I have spoken with.  I have asked her to provide further information on her rationale for the decision, and how community input played into her decision. 

I wanted to provide a little more information about how the application will proceed from here.  

Minister Osborne’s decision was the first stage of the decision-making process for this application.  The second stage of this process will be a decision by the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. You can read a summary of the full application process in my February 2022 newsletter, here.  

The following list of steps outlines the decision-making process from here on.

1.     All feedback received by the UEL related to this cannabis application will be forwarded to Metro Vancouver staff.  This includes all emails and petitions that have been submitted.

2.     Metro Vancouver staff will compile a report (including all feedback received) and will provide a recommendation to the Electoral Area (EA) Committee, a Metro Vancouver committee that I chair. The recommendation will either be to support or oppose the cannabis application.

3.     The EA Committee will review and discuss the report, and vote in favour or against the recommendation of staff.  This will happen at a Metro Vancouver EA Committee meeting.  At present, the following EA Committee meetings are scheduled for the coming months: April 7th , June 9th, and Oct 5th, 2022.  Delegations from the public are welcome to present to the committee. Further information on how to apply to be a delegation can be found here.

4.     The staff report (including all feedback), recommendation, and support or opposition from the EA committee will then be brought to the Metro Vancouver Board for a decision. 

5.     Metro Vancouver Board’s decision will then be sent to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

I want to assure residents again that all feedback you have already submitted will be considered by the EA Committee and the Metro Vancouver Board. If you have additional comments to share, feel free to email Metro Vancouver at Marcin.Pachcinski@metrovancouver.org, and to copy me (areaajen@gmail.com).

My role as your Electoral Area Director is to advocate for, and make decisions based on what is best for our area, and in this case, for what UEL residents and businesses believe is best for their community. I will do my best to represent you well on this issue.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at areaajen@gmail.com. If you would like to receive updates directly (via email), please let me know by email.

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