The Town of Okotoks has recently experienced an increased interest in starting small craft breweries or microbreweries in Okotoks. Currently, microbreweries are considered a manufacturing plant which are only allowed in areas designated (zoned) as industrial. The Town is proposing to amend the Land Use Bylaw to allow microbreweries, distilleries and wineries in commercial districts as well. The addition of these uses to commercial districts has the potential to contribute to the vitality of an area by fostering local employment and tourism.
This proposed amendment will make microbreweries, distilleries and wineries discretionary uses in commercial and industrial districts; any proposals will have to apply for and receive development and building permits.
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