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Asked when the growing facilities are expected to begin production, Brockton clerk Fiona Hamilton said the municipality does not have that information as of yet.
The former Energizer factory lands are currently occupied by a vacant 19,957-square-metre warehouse building, parking lots and wooded area. The site is approximately 8.58 hectares in size with approximately 207.26 metres of frontage on Kincardine Highway.
According to a planning report provided by the municipality, the subject proposal is in conformity with the County Official Plan as it proposes a new industrial use in Walkerton on a site that has existing municipal services.
The Walkerton Community Official Plan designates the subject lands Business Park 1. The Business Park designation was created to accommodate, among other uses, the needs of industrial uses.
The goals relating to the Business Park include the promotion of environmentally clean industry, to diversify the economic base and provide employment opportunities.
“Licensed (cannabis) growing facilities are new to the Municipality of Brockton and will diversify the economic base,” the planning report reads.
In this specific facility, the report adds, approximately 10 people will be employed.
In the Business Park 1 designation, the following uses are permitted: Retail Commercial, Business Park Commercial, Light Industrial and Complementary uses. Licensed (Cannabis)