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Bylaws Under Consideration


From time to time, Council reviews, considers and adopts new bylaws and bylaw amendments to keep the District's various bylaws current and enforceable. Under the Community Charter, any proposed bylaw must be given three readings by Council and then a final adoption reading before coming into force.

This page will be updated regularly to provide a location for residents and other interested persons to review the District's proposed bylaws prior to being adopted.

Development Bylaw Amendment No. 1106, 2018

Status: This bylaw will be presented to Council on August 3, 2018 for adoption.

The District of Houston is considering this draft bylaw amendment to establish:

  • Land uses for Cannabis Cultivation (personal and agricultural), Cannabis Retail, Cannabis Distribution, Cannabis Manufacturing/Production;
  • Permit Cannabis Retail in the C1 and C2 zones. The direction was based on the fact that Cannabis Retail licences would require local government approval, and the proposed regulations would restrict economic development;
  • Permit Cannabis Manufacturing/Production and Cannabis Distribution in the M1 and M2 Industrial zones;
  • Consolidate Cannabis Cultivation (Agriculture) and Cannabis Manufacturing/Production uses into a single use, which would be permitted in the A1, M1 and M2 zones;
  • Permit Cannabis Cultivation as a use in the A1 Zone consistent with Agricultural Land Commission regulations;
  • Prohibit Cannabis related uses as permissible Home Occupations and Home Industries;
  • Increase minimum lot size for A2 zone to 1.0 hectares in keeping with Northern Health approvals for Septic Systems;
  • Several housekeeping amendments were introduced as well (i.e. switch from “shall” to “must” or “will as appropriate; and
  • Additional use restrictions were added for Flea Market (in C1 zone within contained building only) and Farmer’s Market (permitted in P2 Zone, rather than only Steelhead Park.

To review these changes, please visit: Development Bylaw Amendment No. 1106, 2018. You can direct your questions to Jessica Bagnall, Corporate Officer, either by phone (250-845-2238), by email to corporate@houston.ca, or by letter mail to PO Box 370, Houston BC, V0J 1Z0.

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