Four more cannabis retail store applications will be in front of Kamloops city council next week.
Those around the horseshoe will consider the following locations:
- 100-125 Fourth Ave.
- 6-685 Tranquille Rd.
- 520-1055 Hillside Dr.
- 5-111 Oriole Rd.
To date, city council has approved nine pot shops.
According to city documents, there are a handful of opposition letters for the Tranquille application, which would be the sixth shop in that area.
"I am a resident owner in the library square condo and am very concerned about this retail store becoming our very close neighbour; more for the parking than anything else," says Jacki Dick in a letter to the city. "We already have a problem with parking space shortages in our parking lot."Barbara MacManus, another nearby resident, notes there are other cannabis shops proposed for the neighbourhood. She too, is worried about parking.
"The parking here is very limited; the library, Life Lab, Holiday Inn, the First Nations Centre, all have the public coming in. The library also offers educational and drop-in classes," she says.
The application for 5-111 Oriole Rd. also has some pushback.
George Louvros, president of MedPro Respiratory Care (located at 7-111 Oriole Rd.), is concerned about "the impact on traffic patterns and client safety."
"While I am not against the issuing of a cannabis licence per se, the current design of traffic flow and based on experience in Sahali, the increased demand on parking will make this an unsafe pedestrian area and result in increased risk for our customer," writes Louvros in an opposition letter.
Council will be looking at the applications at its Feb. 12 meeting.
To see a full map of all the storefront locations (including all the liquor stores), click HERE.