Regulatory policy

Wellington North creates land use policy to govern cannabis production in township

Next steps will be determining where cannabis facilities can operate in the township and other land regulations

WELLINGTON NORTH – Council for the Township of Wellington North is creating a land use policy for cannabis farms within its municipal boundaries.

During last week’s virtual meeting, Curtis Marshall, Development Planning Manager for the County, presented the review of the Land Use Policy Study for Cannabis Production Facilities.

“The purpose of this presentation is to update the township on the status of our review and to outline the details of the background report and next steps,” Marshall said during the meeting.

“In August last year, the township council directed staff to undertake the land use planning review of cannabis uses in the township. In September, council passed an interim control by-law that banned new uses of cannabis in the township for a period of one year – put in place to allow for the completion of the cannabis use planning review. cannabis soils.

Currently, the first phase of the policy is complete. The next steps will be to determine where cannabis facilities can operate in the township; which lands are best to use for this industrial facility; what zoning standards are needed for these facilities; the implementation of cannabis licensing; and more.

It is proposed that the study include four main phases:

  • Background review, which is currently underway: a review of applicable policies and regulations, land use impacts, municipal best practices, and more
  • Consideration of policy options that will be prepared for consideration.
  • Public consultation to be held in accordance with the Planning Act; comments from organizations and the public are welcome
  • Final recommendations that will be included in a final report for consideration by the board

Part of the policy options is to look at the different growing mediums such as indoor production and outdoor production; how policies within the municipality can be implemented for different styles of production.

Commercial cannabis is most often grown indoors in greenhouses or other forms of enclosed buildings. Indoor growing requires the supply and regulation of humidity, light, heating or cooling, and ventilation to support plant growth.

Meanwhile, outdoor productions can be economical, but can be difficult to maintain as they can be easily affected by the weather.

Councilor Steve McCabe wondered if other county municipalities had specific regulations regarding their cannabis production policies or the difficulties they might have faced.

“We looked at the zoning bylaws in the county. Puslinch provides cannabis facilities under limited circumstances in industrial areas, but only for medical purposes. Erin also has limited permissions for them with some setbacks with medical uses,” Marshall explained.

“Other municipalities are generally silent on cannabis use. They don’t necessarily talk to them. In terms of issues, there are no issues that county municipalities face unlike other municipalities in Ontario.

The date and time of the public meeting relating to the zoning by-law and land use policy for cannabis facilities are still unknown.