Permitting cannabis production in Oliver’s general industrial zone will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday.
Town council will review a proposed zoning amendment bylaw that will allow production facilities in the M1 zone.
It is further proposed to amend the regulations relating to “home occupations” and “home industries” to clarify that cannabis production is not a form of these uses.
Contract planner Chris Garrish says that production facilities that have been proposed in the South Okanagan tend to be industrial type buildings that do not require agricultural land to operate. He also notes that these large-scale facilities require significant parking areas that would take up a lot of productive farmland if allowed in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
The public hearing is one of three hearings on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. in council chambers.