Grow-op sparks con­cern for Sum­mer­land coun­cil

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN - By MELANIE EKSAL

Sum­mer­land coun­cil had broader con­cerns about a pro­posed medic­i­nal mar­i­juana grow-up than the ones it was tasked with con­sid­er­ing at its meeting this week.

The ap­pli­ca­tion pre­sented to coun­cil for its bless­ing be­fore be­ing sent on to the Agri­cul­tural Land Com­mis­sion re­garded the pro­posed non-farm-use of re­mov­ing soil and re­plac­ing it with clear an­gu­lar rock fill at the prop­erty at 13900 Dale Mead­ows Rd.

The site backs onto a stream and is sur­rounded by neigh­bours, two as­pects that grabbed the at­ten­tion of sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers who had con­cerns about a neg­a­tive im­pact to wa­ter.

“It’s im­por­tant that we rec­og­nize that it’s not a nice dry, welldrained field,” said Coun. Erin Carl­son.

Carl­son and Coun. Richard Bark­will were re­minded sev­eral times that their con­cerns were a sep­a­rate is­sue than what was be­ing pre­sented.

Coun­cil voted to for­ward the ap­pli­ca­tion, with Doug Holmes stat­ing he did so with “re­luc­tance.”

“We have to trust that the ALC does its job,” he said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was put for­ward by Sweet Valley Cannabis, which in­tends to put up two 2,325-square-me­tre green­houses and a 1,675-square-me­tre header build­ing.

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