Zoning Amendment Bylaw for Agricultural Cannabis Production
Pursuant to Section 464 of the Local Government Act this is to provide notice of intent of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District to amend Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016 in a manner consistent with Electoral Area D Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1135-2013.
Public Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 467 of the Local Government Act that a Public Hearing will be waived regarding the following bylaw:
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1613-2019
PURPOSE OF BYLAW 1613-2019:
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District needs to update all the Electoral Area zoning bylaws to align with the recent amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA) and Regulation that came into force on July 13, 2018. These amendment bylaws seek to incorporate the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Order in Council 380/2018 changes which allow for agricultural cannabis production in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
Proposed Zoning Amendment
Amendment Bylaw 1613-2019 sees the addition of agricultural cannabis production as a permitted use in the Agriculture Zones. Operations that meet the ALC requirements for farm use (i.e. soil based) are now defined as agricultural cannabis production and are permitted on a parcel of any size in the ALR. Operations that do not meet the ALC requirements for designation as farm use continue to fall under the cannabis production facility definition, and will require a non-farm use application to the ALC, as per the ALCA and Regulation.
The following amendments are proposed for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016:
- A new definition of Agriculture is proposed.
- A new definition of Cannabis Production, Agricultural is proposed.
- Agricultural Cannabis production is to be permitted on all AGR zoned parcels.
These zoning amendments will apply to all lands in Electoral Area D.
INFORMATION & SUBMISSIONS?
A copy of the proposed bylaws and relevant background documents may be inspected at the Regional District office, 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC, during office hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from May 6, 2019 to May 21, 2019 not including weekends and statutory holidays.
A copy of the Board resolution waiving the public hearing is available for public inspection along with a copy of Bylaw No. 1613-2019 as set out in this notice. Third reading and adoption of Amendment Bylaw No. 1613-2019 is scheduled for May 22, 2019. All persons who believe that their interests are affected by the proposed bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaws.
For more information, contact:
Alix MacKay, Planner
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
604-894-6371 ext. 224