NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC MEETING Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Cannabis Production Facility

Posted by Dan Aquilina, Director of Planning and Development on Thursday, October 24th, 2019

NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC MEETING
Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Cannabis Production Facility

 

PROPOSED CHANGE

The City of Port Colborne is proposing to regulate the commercial production of cannabis within the municipality by amending the Official Plan and Zoning By-law 6575/30/18.

 

The Official Plan is proposed to be amended by adding the definition of a “Cannabis Production Facility”, the use of a Cannabis Production Facility to the Industrial/Employment Lands, Gateway Zone, Agricultural and Rural and designations and by deleting the definition of a “Medical Marihuana Production Facility” and use within the Industrial/Employment designation.

The Official Plan for cannabis production will also be amended to ensure compatibility with neighbouring land uses through installation and operation of odour and light mitigation systems; odour and light control, maintenance and monitoring plans, servicing and maintaining appropriate setbacks from sensitive receptors as detailed in Zoning By-law 6575/30/18 and through Site Plan Control.

The Zoning By-law Amendment proposes to add the following definitions:

 

“Cannabis”: means a cannabis plant, including the phytocannabinoids produced by or found in such a plant regardless of whether that part has been processed or not and any substance or mixture of substances that contains or has on it and part of such a plant and any substance that is identical to a phytocannabinoid produced by or found in such a plant regardless of how the substance was obtained. Marihuana shall have the same definition.

“Cannabis Production Facility”: means a facility structure for the cultivation, processing, packaging and shipping where cannabis is produced by a federally licensed producer and can be for the production of medical or recreational cannabis.

 

The Zoning By-law Amendment also proposes that a cannabis production facility be permitted in the Light and Heavy Industrial and the Gateway Zone provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. All operations related to the production, storage and processing of cannabis occur within a completely enclosed building but not a greenhouse.
  2. The site is located is at least 70 meters from any property used for a school or any residential use.   

The Zoning By-law Amendment also proposes to delete reference throughout of Medical Marihuana Production Facility and replace it with Cannabis Production Facility and further that cannabis cultivation is not permitted outdoors in any zone.

 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the proposed changes please contact Dan Aquilina, Director of Planning and Development, at danaquilina@portcolborne.ca or 905-835-2900 ext. 203. Members of the public are also invited to attend an open house to learn more about the proposed by-law amendment, ask questions of staff, and leave written feedback.

 

OPEN HOUSE

Date:               November 13, 2019              

Time:              4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Place:             City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor

                        66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, Ontario

 

PUBLIC MEETING

Date:               November 25, 2019              

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Place:             City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor

                        66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, Ontario

 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Input on the proposed changes are welcome and encouraged. You can provide input by addressing Council at the public meeting or by making a written submission to the City. Please note that unless you do one of the above now, you may not be able to appeal the decision later. If you wish to be notified of the date when Council will consider the recommendation report, please provide an email address to Dan Aquilina, Director of Planning and Development, stating such.

WRITTEN SUBMISSION

To provide input in writing, or to request personal notice of the decision of the Council of the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, please send a letter to Amber LaPointe, City Clerk, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 3C8.

 

A copy of the Department’s Public Meeting Report will be available for inspection on November 21, 2019 in the Clerk’s Division, located on the first floor of City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, Ontario, or on the City’s website at www.portcolborne.ca under “Council Agendas”.

 

LEGAL NOTICE

Sections 22 and 34 of the Planning Act

 

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Port Colborne before a decision on the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are passed by Council, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the City of Port Colborne Council to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submission to the City of Port Colborne before a decision on the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are passed by Council, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there is reasonable grounds to do so. If you wish to be notified of the decision of City Council in respect to the proposed by-law you must make a written request to the City Clerk.

 

Dated at the City of Port Colborne this 24th day of October, 2019.

 
 
 

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