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Medical grow-op rezoning recommended

October 18, 2015 4:30 P.M.

City staff will recommend that council support an industrial rezoning to accommodate a medical marijuana growing facility in Dallas when the project goes before a public hearing on Tuesday.

The Dallas Drive industrial grow facility — the first of its kind in the city under new federal regulations —  is proposed by Dr. Richard Brownlee, a Kamloops neurosurgeon who operates the Welcome Back MRI Clinic. 

Brownlee and his partners are in the process of obtaining federal security clearance from Health Canada with additional approvals required before a licence can be issued.

The landowner, Augustus Marks, want to have his property at 8170 Dallas Drive converted to general industrial zoning from its current I-1S zoning to accommodate Brownlee’s enterprise. The property lies within Gateway Industrial Park and rezoning is supported by land-use designation within Kamplan. 

The proposed facility is no closer than 150 metres to any residential zone, daycare facility, playground, community centre, school, public park, or any use catering to individuals under the age of 18. 

The closest applicable facility is a daycare located in the NRI building at 8205 Dallas Dr.,

which is more than 190 metres away. Interior Health has also indicated that the operation's impact on adjacent land uses should be considered, including the proximity of residences and schools, the size of the property, access, potential air quality, noise and vibration impacts.

The public hearing begins at 7 p.m.

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