The province’s choice to permit closely fortified medical marijuana manufacturing factories to be constructed on prime of good agricultural farmland is not sitting effectively with municipal politicians.
Several Lower Mainland cities wished the brand new business pot producers which can be being licensed by the federal authorities to be relegated to industrial land, arguing the high-security buildings could be a greater match there.
Instead, the provincial authorities determined over the summer time they are going to be allowed to be constructed on farmland, together with within the Agricultural Land Reserve.
The essential concession from the province is that they will be taxed on the industrial property tax price not on the decrease agricultural price.
Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese mentioned one concern now could be that cities will find yourself paying extra for police to observe sleepy agricultural roads for criminals which may be interested in the brand new pot ventures.
“We really need to ensure the safety of our residents,” he mentioned, including there are additionally implications for the setting, infrastructure and roads.
The province has tabled proposed tips for native municipalities to manage the brand new marijuana producers and has requested for touch upon them.
Froese mentioned cities are actually in search of the strongest attainable protections.
“We want to deal with things like setbacks, hedging and air quality,” he mentioned.
Richmond Coun. Harold Steves insists it is mindless to waste “the best farmland in Canada” on extremely fortified bunkers that would have been positioned in industrial zones.
“This is not soil-based agriculture,” he advised Metro Vancouver’s Oct. 10 board assembly. “It’s not even greenhouse-type agriculture like you get in Delta and Richmond. It’s totally enclosed.”
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan argued they are going to be “twice as bad as greenhouses” and can detract from the cooperative spirit of native agriculture.
“If a marijuana operation becomes your next door neighbour, it’s certainly not going to be a very collegial relationship,” Corrigan mentioned. “You’re not going to be borrowing each other’s tractors.”
Some cities have sought authorized opinions on whether or not they can ban marijuana producers from ALR land regardless of the province’s choice, however Froese mentioned he does not imagine that may be viable as a result of pot producers could be protected beneath B.C.’s Right to Farm Act.