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“Cannabis is a legal agricultural crop, obviously under specific (federal) licencing. Who are we to say you can’t do it?”
McNamara stated administration is engaged on a report, slated to come earlier than council this fall, taking a look at whether or not a municipality can limit the place most of these amenities are constructed.
But FOOD members continue to argue that site-specific rezoning is required by anybody planning building of a cannabis facility as a result of Tecumseh’s “outdated” bylaws don’t refer particularly to cannabis.
“What we would probably go after (in court) is that we have archaic bylaws from 1995 that do not precisely instruct the size of the greenhouse,” Wellwood-Robson stated, including that’s why the group requested council in October 2019 for an interim bylaw that may have postponed the venture.
But McNamara stated an interim management bylaw is an “extraordinary remedy” underneath the Planning Act, one not often utilized in Tecumseh.
“To temporarily prohibit use of lands that are already zoned, that’s pretty difficult to do,” he stated.
Wellwood-Robson stated FOOD members are “not in opposition to cannabis in our group however we wish it regulated and positively not one inside our (hamlet) boundaries.
“Why do I care so much? It’s so that my grandchildren and the next generation can live here,” she stated. “Because imagine it or not, this can be a fantastic place to elevate your kids. I grew up right here, my kids I raised right here and my grandchildren they’re right here immediately. They spend half their time on our farm.
“We have so much to offer … and that’s why we work so passionately and we’re afraid that a facility like this will stop any future housing on the very little land that we do have available in Oldcastle.”