Plans to build a warehouse-style cannabis production facility on farmland in Courtenay is being met with concerns from local politicians and neighbours. It’s another case that exposes the debate over whether concrete-based pot bunkers should be allowed on properties in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
A Vancouver Island cannabis company, Coastline Canada, has partnered with Edmonton-based Atlas Growers with plans to build a 100,000-square-foot facility on a five-acre parcel at 3310 Fraser Rd in Courtenay. A facility that large would have the capacity to produce 42,000 kilograms of cannabis a year.
The plans have sparked concerns about skunky odor, security risks, light pollution, increased traffic on the rural road and a lack of available water, said Cheryl Glennie, who lives next to the property.
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