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Tentative OK for pot facility

A medical marijuana facility proposed for the Trepanier area has cleared its first hurdle.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Monday gave conditional approval for a temporary use permit for the facility.

RDCO communications director, Bruce Smith, says the proponent has applied to Health Canada for a federal licence to produce medical marijuana in a building currently being retro-fitted on a four hectare parcel of land.

"The property owner is requesting the permit in order to seek subdivision consolidation with two adjacent properties in order to meet the eight hectare minimum parcel size required by the Regional District for medical marijuana production," says Smith.

"To receive the permit the applicant must meet a number of conditions including completion of, and adherence to, recommendations of a Wildfire Risk Assessment Report, addressing how it will impact water in the area and receipt of a licence by Health Canada.

Smith adds if the properties are consolidated into one, a variance must be approved by the Regional District for building setback requirements.

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