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Medical pot process evolving

Rules are still being hammered out for medical marijuana facilities in rural communities.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee has been told that efforts are underway to determine where growing and processing marijuana could be allowed.

“The intent of the use will be to manage the impact in the community,” said Rob Smailes, the Regional District of North Okanagan’s general manager of planning and building.

The focus appears to be on industrial zones and on agricultural land that meets certain parcel sizes.

Potential concerns from such facilities include noise, odour, traffic and security.

“Areas D (rural Lumby), E (Cherryville) and F (rural Enderby) are different than Areas B (BX-Swan Lake) and C (BX-Silver Star). Their rural nature may allow them to fit in,” said Smailes.

Cosens Bay water draws attention

The condition of Cosens Bay’s water may eventually be known.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee wants to pursue an Okanagan Basin Water Board grant to monitor water quality in Cosens Bay on Okanagan Lake.

“It’s in response to letters from residents that say power is a necessity so sewage treatment could be introduced,” said director Bob Fleming.

“They were saying that there are water quality issues and this (testing) would allow us to check it.”

The application for an OBWB grant must still be approved by the Regional District of North Okanagan board.

Development plan proceeds

Reservations exist about a proposed development just north of Vernon but the approval process is moving ahead.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee is endorsing first and second reading of a rezoning application that would allow for a large storage facility in the 6000 block of Pleasant Valley Road.

“It is an ideal spot for that business, right next to the highway and it’s not in a residential area,” said director Jackie Pearase.

However, director Mike Macnabb suggests a facility is not the best use of the land and the storage of boats and vehicles could pose a fire risk.

“It doesn’t build a community,” he said.

Bob Fleming, director for the area, says the applicant has complied with all requirements.

“I don’t see how we can turn it down,” he said.

First and second readings of the rezoning bylaw must now be approved by the Regional District of North Okanagan board and then the matter could go to public hearing.

 

 

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