There is early opposition to a proposed cannabis production facility in rural Lumby.
Green Amber is seeking agricultural land commission approval for a 100-thousand square foot concrete facility on Shafer Road in Area D of the Regional District of North Okanagan.
Opponents plan to be at today’s RDNO meeting to let directors know what they think of the proposal.
“Last week about 20 people spoke at an RDNO public hearing to complain against bylaw 2799 that allows that industry anywhere on ALR land as long as it’s on soil – and some will again show up prior to the RDNO board meeting to let directors know they want all industries – including marijuana industries – to go inside industrial parks not on ALR land, not on non ALR land either as some directors are asking for,” says Tricia Cory in an email to Beach Radio News.
“People in rural Lumby and Cherryville are upset at a huge marijuana industry being planned in a rural area and for which the director of area D (rural Lumby) has already asked the Agricultural Land Commission for a variance that would allow the company – Green Amber from Ontario – to pave 100,000 sq feet of an ALR property and have non-farm use,”adds Cory.
RDNO staff are recommending the board defer the application to get more information on the impact to neighbors and to nearby wells.
“Staff is recommending a hydrologist report to determine if there would be any negative impact on the use of neighbouring wells, and that the applicant demonstrate how they propose to limit the impact the proposed development could have on surrounding neighbours, and hold a public information meeting,” says the RDNO staff recommendation.