(Wikipedia)

Central Saanich looks to mirror ALC cannabis regulations

Amendment to land use bylaw to safeguard ALR land

The District of Central Saanich will hold a public hearing next week giving the community an opportunity to weigh in on a proposed amendment to a bylaw meant to safeguard local farmland from some cannabis production.

Council will invite feedback in regard to the Cannabis Production-Structure Restrictions Bylaw during the Dec. 10 meeting at Central Saanich Municipal Hall.

RELATED: New ALR legislation targets speculation, leaves farmland for farming

The amendment ensures any cannabis production in Central Saanich on land designated part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is done on a base consisting entirely of soil and not a concrete floor.

“The whole idea around it was to preserve as much farmland as possible,” said Jarret Matanowitsch, director of planning and building services for the District.

In July, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) – which oversees the ALR – made changes to regulations outlining how ALR land can be used with the then-impending October legalization of marijuana generating interest among potential growers across the province.

RELATED: Central Saanich pot farm now on hold

At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture moved to “to support local government land use planning and bylaw development in the ALR.”

As Matanowitsch put it: “Essentially we’re just mirroring the ALC regulations through this bylaw amendment.”

RELATED: Massive pot farm in the works for Central Saanich

“We’re making it clear in our zoning,” he said, “that ALC approval and rezoning is required if you wanted to operate with concrete.”

The District of Central Saanich will meet Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Central Saanich Municipal Hall (1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road).


@kristyn_anthony
kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Oak Bay pandemic project gets 300 submissions

Gage Gallery exhibit shows how people cope during crisis

Peninsula food bank receives $1,000 donation from local retailer

House of Lily Koi raised the money through the annual food bank fundraiser

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read