Element GP Inc Cannabis Production Facility
Clearwater County Council has taken the first step to allow Element GP
Inc., out of Calgary, to establish a major cannabis production facility
approximately ½ mile north of the junction of SH 587 (the Bowden Road)
and Hwy. 22. On July 24, council passed a motion to allow approximately
40 acres to be re-designated from Agriculture to Light Industrial.
August 17th Element submitted a development permit application for
their proposed 58,600 SQ. FT cannabis cultivation and extraction
facility to be erected on this re-designated land. That application
will now be assessed/evaluated by the Municipal Planning Commission
(MPC) at a meeting that must be held within 40 days of the application
Interestingly, this development does not comply with
the Land Use Bylaw passed by this council in March. The stumbling block
is the 300m. setback restriction from a “property boundary” that has a
residence and/or other noted facilities. To counter that, Council
passed first reading, on August 28th, to revise the original LUB and
remove the words “property boundary” so the setback would merely state
“300m. from a residence”, etc..
A public hearing on this matter
will be held on October 9, to be followed potentially by second and
third reading. The questions remain for MPC, “Will/Can they allow the
development permit in spite of the current LUB? Will they turn it down,
as they should, given the current restrictions?? Or Will they postpone a
decision until after the October 9th public hearing??
50 people attended the public hearing in July to voice their unanimous
opposition to the building of this facility.
At their regular council meeting on August 28th, Council
accepted information and directed administration to proceed with
gathering more figures and specific information on the development of
these two facilities. Current plans propose a new Public Services
Building for Condor and a re-purposed Public Works building for an
enlarged/improved facility in Leslieville. The total cost of the two
facilities is approximately $6,000,000. Discussion took place on how
costs might be trimmed, with administration to come back with answers to
that. The Condor project is slated to commence in 2019 and the
Leslieville one in 2020.
is proposing to submit a resolution to the fall convention of the Rural
Municipalities Association requesting that organization urge the
provincial and federal governments to support and fund improved internet
service to rural areas. Council will be seeking support for their
resolution from other rural municipalities.
Special bouquets of roses goes out to members of our Clearwater Regional
Fire Rescue Services who have gone to help fight fires in B.C.. Not
only do we appreciate all their efforts and dedicated service here but
we applaud their willingness to share their energies with our neighbors
in their significant struggles.
September 13, 2018, 7:30PM, Arbutus Community Hall, Regular monthly meeting
9, 2018, Clearwater Council Chambers, Public Hearing re Land Use Bylaw
Production AND Retail Facilities. (TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED)
October 11, 2019, 7:30 PM, Arbutus Community Hall, Regular monthly meeting