Calgary is speeding up appeal hearings for cannabis stores

The city's Subdivision and Development Appeal Board has recieved over 100 cannabis-related appeals

The City of Calgary says the provincial government isn't giving municipalities a fair share of tax dollars from cannabis sales.

Due to due a flood of development appeals related to cannabis stores, Calgary is speeding up the appeals process to deal with the backlog.

According to a city release, the city’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) has received 105 cannabis related appeals since July of this year. By comparison, the board received 119 appeals of any type in 2017.

To deal with that backlog, the city is accelerating hearing dates and rescheduling appeals.

“We want business owners and the community to have their appeals heard in a timely manner,” said Jeremy Fraser, manager of Quasi-Judicial Boards with the city “Adding more meeting dates will help us to do this.”

Any resident or business with a pending appeal is asked to visit calgarysdab.ca and review the calendar of rescheduled appeals, or call 311 for up-to-date information about appeal dates.

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