City council on Monday granted preliminary approval for two South Delta cannabis retail shops to send the applications to a public hearing.
One of the rezoning applications is by Queensborough Cannabis Co. for a vacant retail outlet at a strip mall at 1274 56 St. in Tsawwassen.
Located at the northeast of the intersection of 56 Street and 12 Avenue, the outlet would include a 1,163-square-foot retail storefront and 710-square-feet for office and storage.
The application includes the cannabis dispensary being open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The applicant is proposing to undertake minor site improvements to comply with recommendations by Delta Police.
The other application for a non-medical cannabis shop is by Imagine Cannabis Co. for a unit at Bayside Village Mall at 1179 56 St. in Tsawwassen.
Located by the southwest of the intersection of 56 Street and 12 Avenue, that dispensary would include 420 square-feet of retail storefront and just over 100-square-feet for office and storage.
The application is also for that store to be open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Delta councillors, during their discussion at Monday's meeting, expressed concern about the proposed operating hours for the dispensaries, agreeing that the city would only agree to reduced operating hours.
The province’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch only grants approvals for dispensaries if applications are endorsed by local governments.
Delta has not set the dates yet for the public hearing on the two proposals.