The Cornwall Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) is recommending the city confines any future medical cannabis facilities to the Cornwall Business Park.

A public meeting was held to gauge public feedback but only five people showed up.

Senior Planner Mary Joyce-Smith told councillors that the cannabis production facilities would be confined to industrial areas and away from residential homes (at least 500 feet).

Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau said having a designated area would protect the city from any future legal challenges.

The zoning amendments also meet Health Canada‘s requirements, which include specifies on signage, doors, and 24/7 surveillance.

Coun. Bernadette Clement had questions about odours coming from a production facility, which Joyce-Smith said is why it’s desirable to keep it in an industrial area.

The city has had interest from some licensed producers, but nothing concrete.