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North Grenville Cannabis Study is available for Public Feedback

March 3, 2021

North Grenville, ON – The Municipality of North Grenville initiated a land use planning study to review best practices for Cannabis Production and Processing Facilities. 

“This is an issue that matters a lot to many members of the community,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Unfortunately, North Grenville was not fully equipped to address some of the operational impacts of these facilities, especially when they are in close proximity to residential neighbourhoods.”

“Council has heard from a number of residents, who have brought forward concerns with both current and proposed Cannabis operations in North Grenville,” added Mayor Peckford. “Cannabis facilities continue to show strong interest in North Grenville and we need to be clearer about what our options are as a community.”

The draft Cannabis Study was presented to Council on November 17, 2020 and is open for community feedback.

The study undertook a review of the Cannabis Framework to understand the size and scale of Cannabis operations that are licensed by the Federal Government, and provides recommendations for policy implementation in North Grenville where it pertains to new and establishing Cannabis facilities.

The Cannabis Study looked at a variety of concerns pertaining to Cannabis Facilities, including odour, setbacks, noise, light pollution, and location to sensitive land uses.

“This study provides an opportunity to dive deeper into what policy options are available to the municipality for new Cannabis facilities,” added Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman and Planning and Development Liaison. 

Members of the Community are invited to attend a Public Information Session on March 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Those interested in attended must pre-register by March 17th to .

Written comments can be submitted to the Director of Planning and Development, Amy Martin at  until March 31st, 2021.

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Key Findings from the Cannabis Study:

  • The legalization of Cannabis has created an increase and demand for Cannabis Production and Processing Facilities.
  • There are a variety of concerns regarding Cannabis Facilities, including odour, lighting, setbacks, and security.
  • Although Health Canada has established licensing requirements, municipalities can further regulate the establishment of Cannabis Facilities through good land use planning principles and Zoning Regulations.
  • There is no one size fits all approach to zoning for Cannabis Facilities. Municipalities across Ontario have taken different approaches to address the location, setbacks, and development standards for new and establishing Cannabis Facilities.

For more information:  

Amy Martin, Director of Planning and Development
Municipality of North Grenville

613-258-9569 ext. 118 

Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer
Municipality of North Grenville

613-258-9569 ext. 168