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City Amends Zoning By Law For Cannabis Processing And Production

KAWARTHA LAKES-At the Planning Advisory Committee on May 5, Kawartha Lakes Planning Division brought forward amendments to the Zoning By-laws for cannabis production and processing facilities. These amendments were approved by Council on May 17 and will allow the municipality to enforce and regulate property development to minimize nuisance such as odour and light pollution according to the City.

“Cannabis is a welcomed business in Kawartha Lakes, but we realize that legality issues do arise. We now have proper guidelines in place to help manage some of these difficult issues,” commented Councillor Richardson. “A lot of work has been done in the last year to put us in a better place to enforce cannabis regulations and I want to thank everyone involved for working so diligently.”

There are currently two types of licenses available through Health Canada: a cultivation license to allow the growing of cannabis indoors or outdoors, and if authorized, the sale and distribution to other license holders and licensed retailers; and, a processing license that permits the processing of cannabis indoors, and if authorized, the sale and distribution to other license holders and licensed retailers.

While the Cannabis Act does not require any consultation with the municipality, under the Planning Act, municipalities are granted the authority to regulate land uses.

One of the key amendments was with regards to the setback limits of cannabis facilities from sensitive lands. Rather than measuring setback limits from property line-to-property line, staff proposed a building line or crop line-to-building line approach to result in less unusable land and greater flexibility in siting and locating cannabis facilities. Staff also proposed that cannabis facilities be required to complete a Site Plan Agreement, whereby staff could confirm setbacks, perform additional studies for concerns like noise and pollution, and evaluate fencing.

The proposals were supported by the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee (ADAC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing.

Other proposed amendments comprised of new definitions and provisions, as well as amendments to existing definitions and provisions, including:

  • Air Filtration Control
  • Cannabis and Cannabis Production and Processing Facility
  • Sensitive Land Uses


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