Green Amber Corporation president Jonathan Fernandes answers questions from Regional District of North Okanagan directors about his application to build a big cannabis production facility in rural Lumby. (Roger Knox/Morning Star) FILE — Green Amber Corporation president Jonathan Fernandes answers questions from Regional District of North Okanagan directors about his application to build a big cannabis production facility in rural Lumby. (Roger Knox/Morning Star)

Letter: Re: Proposed cannabis facility 95 Shafer Road in Lumby

Why are Rick Fairbairn and the village of Lumby supporting a non-farm use application in rural Lumby

Why are Rick Fairbairn and the village of Lumby supporting a non-farm use application in rural Lumby that would allow a privately owned company from Ontario to build buildings with concrete floors totalling 107,000 sq feet, pave a 30-car parking lot and shipping/receiving bays on ALR land instead of directing them to Lumby’s Industrial Park?

How can this get supported when the buildings and proposed septic field would border a creek that feeds the Shuswap River 600 meters away?

How can something that would completely change the fabric of a neighbourhood be supported without considering the impact on neighbours and without any public input? This facility would be located on a dead end dirt road 12 km outside of Lumby in a rural area of small acreages where families live and children play outside. There are 13 children that live and play on Shafer road. The property has been logged and there is no way you can hide the massive 107,000 sqft buildings that they plan to build. One neighbour’s front door is only 50meters away. Who wants to live beside large industrial buildings surrounded by 10’ chain link fencing, exterior lighting, HVAC systems and a 24/7 guard? This facility will not be as tall but will be larger in square footage than Veg Pro. The exterior lights from Veg Pro light up the whole highway when you drive by. This is not the place for a facility of this size.

Green Amber, how could you think that this is OK? You are negatively impacting the lives of the people who have lived on this road for many years. We will all lose the quiet rural life that we love so much. We will all lose major value in our homes that we have worked so hard for. Green Amber please do the right thing and move your facility to the industrial park where it belongs.

Our ALR land should be protected, this land will never be farmable again if Green Amber builds their facility. When the cannabis gold rush ends and if Green Amber fails, who will clean up the mess they leave behind?

It is now in our region’s hands if this application goes ahead to the ALC or not. Our regional directors do have the power to stop this. The ALC will not look at any non-farm use applications if the local government does not support it.

Mike Cadden & Trish Cory

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