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Town to push marijuana production away from agricultural zones
Posted May 13,
New Tecumseth will amend its zoning bylaw so that any proposed
future medical marijuana production facilities will be located in
industrial areas only.
As currently constituted, the zoning bylaw would permit such
uses in 'Agriculture,' Urban Industrial (UM), Urban Light Industrial
(ULM) and Rural Industrial (RM) Zones.
"In consideration of the release of the new Health Canada
Regulations, the current definitions in the Town's Zoning By-law as
noted above and the potential for unintended adverse impacts
Staff have identified two options for Council to consider to address
Production Facilities in the Town," according to a planning staff
report to council. One of the two options is "do-nothing."
Council has approved amending the agriculture definition to
exclude Medical Marihuana Production Facilities.
"This Option would achieve the following objectives:
- Eliminate the potential for a Medical Marihuana Production
Facility from being established in a location that is not contemplated
by Council, Staff and the public;
- Provides clear direction to applicants when looking to
establish a Medical Marihuana
- Production Facility in the Town, similar to other uses as
defined in the Zoning By-law; and,
- Provides clear information to the public as to where this
use is permitted/not permitted in the Town.
It should be noted that a Medical Marihuana Production
Facility would be required to comply
with all applicable zone provisions, and would be subject to Site Plan
approval under this
Part of the amendment process will include a mandatory public meeting.
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