Nelson council to hold public hearing on dispensary zoning changes

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on November 7 in council chambers at City Hall.

The public hearing will be held at city hall on November 7 at 6 p.m.

The public hearing will be held at city hall on November 7 at 6 p.m.

Nelson City council will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to its zoning bylaw which would prohibit marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The current zoning bylaw does not mention marijuana dispensaries.

The proposed zoning bylaw amendment would define marijuana dispensaries and prohibit them in all zones in the city.

A zoning bylaw defines certain geographical zones of a city and delineates what activities may take place in each zone.

Whenever a municipality wishes to change its zoning bylaw, it must hold a public hearing and publicize it. The purpose of a public hearing is for council to hear from the public on the proposed zoning change only, not on other non-zoning issues.

Council does not answer questions or discuss the issues at a public hearing, nor does it make a final decision. It simply hears presentations from the public.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on November 7 in council chambers at City Hall.