Council approves amendment to Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture

September 13, 2017

Council approves amendment to Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture

Based on public input, Council has approved an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw 6-2015 at its September 12 meeting to move Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture from a permitted use to discretionary.

Strathcona County currently considers medicinal cannabis growing/processing to fit within the Land Use Bylaw definition for Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture.

This change provides the Development Authority the opportunity to consider if what is being proposed is compatible on a site by site basis. The County can now apply conditions to help address compatibility and scale of development.

Strathcona County grants development permits based on land use. Therefore, it is imperative that Planning and Development has the necessary tools to assess future development applications to better reflect the needs of our community in these changing times.

Changing Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture to a discretionary use also gives Planning and Development the ability to determine the scope of future operations and introduces the need to notify adjacent landowners.

Should a municipal permit be granted, the applicant must apply to the federal government for a licence and receive all the necessary approvals before beginning production.

More information on permitting

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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