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Public hearing considers retail cannabis sales in Foothills County

An upcoming public hearing will look at amendments to the land use bylaw in Foothills County to allow retail cannabis sales in the Heritage Pointe area.
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Foothills County is holding a public hearing on Nov. 15 to consider bylaw amendments to permit retail cannabis sales. (Brent Calver/Western Wheel)

Foothills County is considering bylaw amendments that would allow retail cannabis stores to set up shop in a specific area after several potential business operators approached the County about the possibility.

A public hearing into proposed bylaw amendments to allow cannabis stores will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Foothills County administration building in High River. 

Retail cannabis businesses are not addressed in the County's land use bylaw, and changes are required before those businesses would be able to set up shop.

Amendments would apply to commercial businesses within the Heritage Pointe Shopping Plaza, located north of Dunbow Road between Highway 2 and 2A.

The County said that is the only location being considered for retail cannabis sales at this time. 

If amendments are approved, proposed retail cannabis stores would need further approval through a County-issued development permit and would be subject to Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) regulations. 

Participants may attend the public hearing in-person or online using Zoom, and a livestream and video recording will be available at 

A second public hearing scheduled that day will consider additional changes to the land use bylaw, this time regarding secondary suites. That hearing is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Foothills County advertised the public hearings in the Western Wheel on Nov. 1 and 8.

Robert Korotyszyn

About the Author: Robert Korotyszyn

Robert Korotyszyn covers Okotoks and Foothills County news for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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