Oro-Medonte seeking input on draft rules for cannabis production, processing sitesPosted by On

Another Simcoe County municipality may be coming out of the weeds to permit cannabis production facilities.

Oro-Medonte Township is currently reviewing a draft zoning bylaw amendment to permit cannabis production and processing sites within the municipality. If approved by council, the facilities could be built within rural industrial, economic development and agricultural/rural zones.

“In August 2019, staff commenced a township-wide review of the current zoning bylaw,” Oro-Medonte communications officer Jenny Legget said. “Health Canada regulates the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis and hemp. As part of the licensing process, applicants are required to provide written notice to a senior official of the municipality, fire authority and police.”

Under current bylaws, cannabis and hemp production is allowed within a greenhouse in agricultural/rural zones. In December 2018, the township also passed a temporary bylaw to prohibit new indoor and outdoor cannabis or hemp production facilities in those zones until June 4, 2020.

The proposed amendment calls for an odour impact analysis, waste disposal plan, odour and light mitigation system, and maintenance and monitoring strategies on each site prior to approval. Facilities will also need to meet specific lot size, setback and height restrictions. Outdoor storage of the product will be prohibited.

And no outdoor signage or advertising will be permitted.

Feedback on the amendment can be provided until Feb. 14 by emailing planning@oro-medonte.ca.

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