The City of Calgary regulates the number of liquor stores that can operate in a given area because of the impact that their proliferation can have on a neighbourhood. It does so through the City’s Land Use Bylaw. Two liquor stores are not allowed to be within 300 metres of one another.
But because of the way that the Land Use Bylaw works there is a flaw that most business owners will understand well. Once a retail space has liquor store as an allowable use, the space will continue to allow for that use even after the liquor store has vacated. This means that a liquor store cannot move to a larger or newer space within 300 metres of their old location even if there are no other liquor stores within the 300 metre distance.
Councillor Peter Demong brought a Notice of Motion to Council asking administration to find a solution to this glitch in the City of Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw.
View the Notice of Motion.
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