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Clarenville moves ahead with cannabis zoning plans

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Public consultations coming soon

CLARENVILLE, NL — Potential cannabis cultivators – and potential opponents to rezoning for cannabis cultivation – will have their voices heard when the Town of Clarenville holds public consultations on the issue soon.

The town proposed new zoning legislation for cannabis producers last summer when an aspiring cannabis dispensary owner brought the matter to council.

At a recent public works and planning meeting, the committee recommended council approve a draft of its municipal plan amendment and development regulations amendment.

Council approved the amendments at its meeting Tuesday.

Chief administrative officer David Harris told the Packet that since the application was received from the person wanting to start a marijuana production operation, council had a third-party town planner look into it.

“He’s been doing his work behind the scenes, doing some research on where it would best fit in our development regulations,” said Harris.

The planner’s recommendations were the basis of the development regulations amendments, which would permit urban agriculture (cannabis) in the mixed use, commercial general, industrial light, and industrial general zones.

“The next step in the process is a public notice,” said Harris. “We’re just soliciting public feedback, basically. That’s a process under the urban rural planning act — it’s a government procedure we have to follow anytime we amend our development regulations.”

Council passed the motion unanimously.

Harris says when the town announces the opportunity for public feedback in a month or so, any concerns will be relayed back to the planner and the town will proceed accordingly.

Twitter: @jejparsons

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