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Hamilton City Council passed a by-law in September 2018 requiring all new or expanding cannabis growing operations in the rural area to have a 150 metre setback from neighbouring properties.
The by-law was appealed by three cannabis growers. Two withdrew their appeals after reaching agreements with the City of Hamilton. Red Hill Cannabis Inc was the only remaining appeal remaining after the settlements, and last week the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal dismissed their appeal as abandoned after RHC failed to respond to requests for filings and did not attend hearing.
With the dismissal, the 150-Metre separation distance requirement of By-Law 18-266 is now in force and effect.
Red Hill Cannabis operated the infamous growing operation at 286-288 Green Mountain Road in Upper Stoney Creek. The site vented nauseous smells which forced people to close their windows, the smell penetrated into homes away, and in 2017, a series of shootings occurred in proximity to the growing facility. This facility was the poster child cited by politicians and City staff in passing the requirement to keep rural growing operations away from neighbouring properties.
The facility is no longer in operation.