Article by Lachlan Labere, Salmon Arm Observer
COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect during two public hearings in the South Shuswap hosted by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
The hearings are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the Sorrento Memorial Hall. On the agenda for the evening are proposed zoning and official community plan amendments to accommodate a cannabis micro cultivation facility at 1802 Trans-Canada Highway in Sorrento. The second hearing involves proposed zoning and OCP amendments to allow a five-lot bare strata subdivsion on adjacent properties at 2288 and 2304 Blind Bay Road.
Regarding the property at 1802, the applicant is seeking to change their current federal licence for a medical cannabis cultivation facility to a licence for cannabis micro cultivation. They have applied to the CSRD redesignate a portion of the property, which contains an approximately 2,500 square-foot building and a small parking area, from RR2 Rural Residential to ID Industrial, and rezone a portion from RR4 Rural Residential to CP Cannabis Production.
According to the Government of Canada, a licence for cannabis micro cultivation limits the usable plant surface area to 200 metres square, for the production of up to 600 kilograms per year. A CSRD staff notes cannabis production facilities do no include retail cannabis sales.