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.