Article by Vincent Ball, Sarnia This Week
A Brant County councillor is pleased with the revised regulations governing cannabis growth and production facilities in the municipality.
“If it was up to me, there wouldn’t be any in the county but I don’t think we can do that,” Coun. David Miller said Tuesday. “They do provide jobs, economic growth and it’s a legal product, like it or not.
“But I do want to commend staff for a nice balanced approach.”
The updated regulations, endorsed by councillors Tuesday, were developed in response to concerns about odour, lighting and hours of operation of cannabis operations. Among other things, the revisions double the distance between a cannabis operation that has no air treatment control measures and neighbouring properties to 300 metres from 150.
Councillors were were told that concerns about lighting and hours of operation will be dealt with through the planning process.
Anyone planning a cannabis facility will be required to use energy efficient lighting. In addition, lighting must be directed downwards and placed in a way that deflects glare from surrounding residential uses.
Odour and lighting concerns were among the top issues identified by residents at a virtual town hall meeting in October and in an online municipal survey, councillors were told.
The county has received numerous applications for cannabis production and processing facilities in recent months but the number wasn’t immediately available.
Councillors were told of plans to establish a cannabis production facility in part of the former Canada Blue Bird Coach factory at 22 Airport Rd., near the Brantford municipal airport.
A numbered Ontario company – 1590361 Ontario Inc., – has applied for a zoning bylaw amendment for the project.