Metchosin residents speak out on grow zone

Industrial lands being considered for marijuana production facilities

Metchosin zoning bylaws may soon allow for the production of medical marijuana.

At a public hearing Monday, council heard final input on a proposed bylaw change that could see such facilities allowed on industrial land, of which there are only three in the municipality.

The amendment would also prevent facilities licensed by the federal government for the production of marijuana or marijuana products for medicinal purposes from operating on agricultural land.

The council vote on the matter could happen as early as June 2, but if that meeting is cancelled, it would likely take place June 16.

Of the three potential locations: 4050 Happy Valley Rd., 3740 Sooke Rd. and 661 Lombard Dr., only two of the landowners made submissions to the hearing.

Some of their neighbours spoke out against the plan. Common concerns cited included potential for limited setbacks, privacy issues, lighting and security and the potential noise and pollution created by a manufacturing and shipping outlet.

alim@vicnews.com

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