Cannabis Production & Processing in the City of Port Alberni

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Cannabis is regulated in Canada by a combination of federal, provincial and municipal rules. Due to recent changes to federal legislation various types of production and processing are now legal in Canada. Local governments play a significant role in determining how and where cannabis production occurs a community and may choose to regulate or prohibit certain kinds of cannabis production.

Following a three-month public engagement process, Council gave staff direction to develop bylaw amendments to the City’s zoning bylaw [Bylaw 4832] that will introduce cannabis cultivation and processing [indoor facilities only] as a permitted use within city limits.

Council’s Direction

ONLY Indoor facilities to be permitted, as follows:

  1. That Standard Cultivation Facilities (anything more than 200m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), and Heavy Industry (M3) zones.
  2. That Micro-Cultivation Facilities (anything up to 200m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), Heavy Industry (M3), Service Commercial (C3), and High Commercial (C4) zones.
  3. That Cannabis Nursery Facilities (limited to 50m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), Heavy Industry (M3), Service Commercial (C3), and Highway Commercial (C4).

Other zoning bylaw regulations and policy to be introduced:

  1. That staff propose definitions for the types of Cannabis Facilities that are consistent with Health Canada’s definitions.
  2. That staff include recommendations for building setbacks, buffer zones, and regulations to help mitigate noise and odor concerns.
  3. That any Cannabis Production Facility be required to obtain a Development Permit (regarding building form and character) to ensure a high-quality development and mitigate impacts to the visual landscape.

Staff are now in the process of drafting the recommended policy and bylaw changes for Council's consideration. As part of the consultation process, a Public Hearing will be held prior to Council approving any policy and bylaw changes.




Cannabis is regulated in Canada by a combination of federal, provincial and municipal rules. Due to recent changes to federal legislation various types of production and processing are now legal in Canada. Local governments play a significant role in determining how and where cannabis production occurs a community and may choose to regulate or prohibit certain kinds of cannabis production.

Following a three-month public engagement process, Council gave staff direction to develop bylaw amendments to the City’s zoning bylaw [Bylaw 4832] that will introduce cannabis cultivation and processing [indoor facilities only] as a permitted use within city limits.

Council’s Direction

ONLY Indoor facilities to be permitted, as follows:

  1. That Standard Cultivation Facilities (anything more than 200m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), and Heavy Industry (M3) zones.
  2. That Micro-Cultivation Facilities (anything up to 200m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), Heavy Industry (M3), Service Commercial (C3), and High Commercial (C4) zones.
  3. That Cannabis Nursery Facilities (limited to 50m2 in size) be allowed in the Light Industry (M1), Medium Industry (M2), Heavy Industry (M3), Service Commercial (C3), and Highway Commercial (C4).

Other zoning bylaw regulations and policy to be introduced:

  1. That staff propose definitions for the types of Cannabis Facilities that are consistent with Health Canada’s definitions.
  2. That staff include recommendations for building setbacks, buffer zones, and regulations to help mitigate noise and odor concerns.
  3. That any Cannabis Production Facility be required to obtain a Development Permit (regarding building form and character) to ensure a high-quality development and mitigate impacts to the visual landscape.

Staff are now in the process of drafting the recommended policy and bylaw changes for Council's consideration. As part of the consultation process, a Public Hearing will be held prior to Council approving any policy and bylaw changes.



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