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Posted on: July 5, 2019

Cannabis in Red Deer County


Recently, Red Deer County Planning and Development Administration has received inquiries regarding developing cannabis facilities within the County. The Land Use Bylaw 2006/6 currently has two different uses that relate to cannabis – cannabis production facilities and cannabis retail sales.

In making decisions relating to a Cannabis Production Facility, the applicant shall provide confirmation that a Federal License has been applied for, and that all other conditions have been satisfied, prior to a development permit being issued.  Land Use Bylaw requirements for cannabis production facilities and cannabis retail sales can be found on the County website or by visiting

Cannabis Production Facilities

Cannabis production facilities are a permitted use within lands zoned Medium Industrial and a discretionary use within lands zoned Business Service Industrial. Permitted uses are handled by Red Deer County Administration as the Development Authority, while discretionary uses are referred to key stakeholders, including adjacent landowners, for comments and sent to the Municipal Planning Commission for a decision.

Red Deer County is currently directing any applications for this type of development towards our industrial parks. This type of use is not contemplated within any other district outside of Medium Industrial and Business Service Industrial.

There are two cannabis production facilities that have been approved within Red Deer County to date.

Cannabis Retail Sales

Cannabis retail sales means a retail store that is licensed by the Province of Alberta to lawfully sell cannabis and cannabis accessories. This use is considered a discretionary use within the Comprehensive Town Centre District (CTC), the General Commercial District (C-2), the Highway Commercial District (C-3) and the Commercial Core District (C-8).

There is currently an operational cannabis retail sales within the Hamlet of Gasoline Alley, with another proposed store front upcoming.

Public Input

Red Deer County refers all discretionary use permits to adjacent/affected landowners for input regarding the development. If a proposed facility is located near you within the above mentioned districts that highlight retail sales or a production facility as a discretionary use, you will be notified and have the opportunity for comment.

Red Deer County is working with developers and residents alike to find suitable locations for the cannabis industry in our municipality.

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