Kaleden cannabis facility gets green light from ALC

Construction was halted due to a zoning bylaw amendment by RDOS

Green Mountain Health Alliance announced it is proceeding with the planned construction of its cannabis facility located at 760 Highway 3A in Kaleden.

According to a release from the organization, the work on the facility was halted due to ongoing discussions with the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and the receipt of a file closure letter from the ALC. Following property inspections on Aug. 15 and Sept. 4 at the construction site, the ALC stated there were “satisifed that the activity on the property is in compliance with the ALC legislation” in a letter to Green Mountain Health Alliance.

Related: Proposed South Okanagan medical marijuana facility stalled

“We were ready to forge ahead with construction plans for our two-level administrative and nursery facility on Highway 3A when ALC regulations unexpectedly changed mid-July,” said company president Wade Attwood in a release. “With these legislative changes, our existing building design was considered ‘non-farm use’ under the new ALC regulations. We have since redesigned our buildings to meet our goals and also to comply with the new ALC ‘farm-use’ regulations.”

Green Mountain Health Alliance has secured a 16-acre parcel of land on the Agricultural Land Reserve in Kaleden that was previously impacted by ALC legislation regarding zoning and uses in the area. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors had staff prepare a bylaw amendment to prohibit the non-farm use of cannabis production within all zones where agriculture is listed. As a result, cannabis would be considered farm use if in soil-based building but not one with concrete floors, so those proposing cannabis facilities with concrete floors would need a zone change from the RDOS and additional approvals from the ALC.

Related: Haze starting to clear on pot production facility regulations

“After the ALC’s new legislation was tabled, we have taken the time to discuss the changes with ALC officials, examine our company goals, and modify our plans to be in full compliance with the new regulations,” said Attwood. “From the start, our business model has centered on greenhouse growing, capitalizing on the abundant natural sunshine in the Okanagan Valley. We never intended on building ‘concrete bunkers’ for indoor cannabis production on ALR land, so modifying our plans was rather easy and will reduce construction costs in the long run.”

The company’s facility is planned with environmental sustainability and technology in mind and includes year-round rainwater capture and storage, closed-loop nutrient systems, and odour control mechanisms.

Attwood further stated in the release that “(the) greenhouse facility will be state of the art and suitable to grow a variety of crops now and in the future” and that “(the company is) looking forward to producing a high-quality medicinal product with great promise for many health conditions, all while creating jobs and contributing to the economic benefit and development of the Penticton area.”

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Just Posted

Highway 97 rock slide north of Summerland beginning to stabilize

Costs of road work so far estimated at between $300,000 and $350,000

Family Day long weekend expected to be sunny and cool in South Okanagan

Flurries forecasted for the first half of the weekend, followed by bluebird skies and milder temps

Anonymous donor offers to match donations for Keremeos youth drop-in centre

A fundraising campaign is underway to start a youth drop-in centre in Keremeos

More snow on the way for Okanagan-Shuswap

Up to 5 cm of the white stuff could fall across the Okanagan - Shuswap on Friday

Family Day in the South Okanagan

Find out what your community has planned for Family Day on Feb. 18

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Infighting at Kelowna Yacht Club makes it to court

Marc Whittemore, a local lawyer and prominent member of the club, filed a notice of civil claim Feb. 1

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Syrian refugee responds to racism in Canada

Guest columnist Mustafa Zaqrit

Lower Mainland boy shot with pellet gun

Surrey RCMP believe Cloverdale pellet gun incidents are ‘linked’

Okanagan firefighters respond to emergency call for own member

Oliver firefighters found out who the call was for when they arrived on the scene

Most Read