MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – The county's municipal planning commission (MPC) approving authority has given the green light to a development permit for a cannabis production facility between Sundre and Olds.
The move came by way of motion at the Dec. 5 regularly scheduled committee meeting in council chambers.
The $850,000 proposed facility is located in the Cowboy Trail Business Park at the intersection of highways 22 and 27 in Division 6 in the Eagle Hill-Westward Ho rural community.
“The proposed development is a discretionary use within the land use bylaw,” administration said in a briefing note to the commission. “No product will be sold on site, there will be no client visits to the site, and no commercial signage has been proposed. The facility will operate year-round on a 24-hour basis.”
The plan will see the construction of a new building to house the facility. The building will be 6,458 square feet and will not be classified as a farm building.
“The building will be required to have a building permit and be constructed to meet Safety Codes Acts of Alberta requirements for industrial and/or commercial occupancy.
“The building will be required to meet medical grade requirement, the materials used for the building are proposed to be non-combustible with no wood used. The floors will be sealed concrete and no windows will be installed.”
Regarding odour mitigation, the applicants have indicated that they have a "zero odour" standard for the site.
"The applicants are currently evaluating technological mitigation options but anticipated the use of either activated carbon or ozone mitigation measures. All exhaust air from the building will be collected and treated prior to discharge.”
When completed the facility will produce 600,000 grams of cannabis a year, with the extraction process happening on site.