Town passes interim control bylaw on cannabis-related land uses

Town of Pelham press release –Pelham Town Council unanimously passed an interim control bylaw on October 15, 2018, restricting the use of all land in the municipality for any cannabis-related land uses for a period of one year.

The bylaw, to remain in effect pending the completion of the review of its land use planning policies and regulations, does not affect lands under Development Permit Control of the Niagara Escarpment Commission or any current lawful operations with building permits that were filed with the Town prior to the adoption of the interim control by-law that are deemed complete.

Passing the bylaw allows Town staff, Council, the community, and the industry time to conduct a review in respect to land use planning policies in the municipality, or in any defined areas.

“The most prudent thing to do at this time is take a bit of a pause and work together to solve these issues,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn. “The community has shared their concerns and asked legitimate questions that will take further research to fully review and respond. Enacting this interim control bylaw is the right thing to do for the community.”

Council passed a resolution on October 1, 2018, directing staff to undertake a review of the Town land use planning policies and regulations pertaining to cannabis-related uses and to develop appropriate policies and regulations to manage and control cannabis-related issues to be presented to Council on October 15.

With the passing of the bylaw, its rules and regulations take effect immediately.


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