Grow-op sparks concern for Summerland council
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.