Hamilton opposes proposed Ancaster cannabis store

News May 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton councillors have formally objected to a proposed cannabis store proposed for a well-established residential neighbourhood in Ancaster.

Cannabis Roll Inc. has filed an application to the provincial Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a cannabis retail outlet at 11 Hatton Drive, near Fiddler’s Green Road and Highway 403 that had previously housed Your Choice Variety store. The property is zoned commercial.

“This is an oddity,” said the city’s director of licensing Ken Leendertse. “It meets all the criteria by the council because it is zoned commercial. (But) it certainly doesn’t seem to fit this neighbourhood.”

Despite the proposed cannabis shop meeting the city’s guidelines to locate at Hatton Drive, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson said the city needs to do something to prevent the outlet from opening.

“I’ve received more emails on this issue than I did on the Brandon House (demolition) or COVID-19,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson. “It is a very contentious issue.”

He said the proposed location is surrounded in a neighbourhood with families that have been living in the area for years.

“It is not the right location for this type of facility,” said Ferguson.

Nearby residents were shocked to learn about the application for the cannabis store right on their doorstep. They have argued there are small children in the area and traffic will multiply causing unsafe driving conditions.

There are three schools within walking distance of the proposed location, near Fiddler’s Green, Emmore Avenue and Hatton, which residents say will have to accommodate the additional traffic.

Resident Kerry Balonjan started a petition on change.org to stop the cannabis store from opening. As of May 14, 541 people have signed it.

Ancaster has an active cannabis retail outlet at 1142 Wilson Street W. and there is an application for a retail outlet in the Ancaster Business Park at 1428 Sandhill Dr.

Hamilton has limited authority to prevent the cannabis shop from locating at Hatton. All the city can do is provide its resolution to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which makes the final decision, for consideration.

The commission states that it will only consider issues involving protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis when considering an application.

Responses for public submissions on the cannabis application are due to the commission by May 22. No timeline is identified when a decision will be made.

Hamilton councillors voted 10-6 in January 2019 to allow cannabis retail stores within its boundaries. By willing to accept cannabis outlets, the municipality will receive a portion of any federal excise tax collected from the product. The city had stipulated that proper distances be established for pot shops to be located from parks, schools and day care centres.

The provincial government’s only planning criteria for cannabis stores is they have to be 150-metres away from schools and day care centres.

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson, who enthusiastically reminded his colleagues who voted for the cannabis stores to locate in Hamilton said regardless of any restrictions the city imposed on the outlets, it will be an “uphill battle” to stop them from moving into identified locations.

“This is one I could almost predict down the road,” said Jackson. “This is the price we are paying.”

Hamilton objects to proposed Ancaster cannabis store location

News May 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton councillors have formally objected to a proposed cannabis store proposed for a well-established residential neighbourhood in Ancaster.

Cannabis Roll Inc. has filed an application to the provincial Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a cannabis retail outlet at 11 Hatton Drive, near Fiddler’s Green Road and Highway 403 that had previously housed Your Choice Variety store. The property is zoned commercial.

“This is an oddity,” said the city’s director of licensing Ken Leendertse. “It meets all the criteria by the council because it is zoned commercial. (But) it certainly doesn’t seem to fit this neighbourhood.”

Despite the proposed cannabis shop meeting the city’s guidelines to locate at Hatton Drive, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson said the city needs to do something to prevent the outlet from opening.

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“I’ve received more emails on this issue than I did on the Brandon House (demolition) or COVID-19,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson. “It is a very contentious issue.”

He said the proposed location is surrounded in a neighbourhood with families that have been living in the area for years.

“It is not the right location for this type of facility,” said Ferguson.

Nearby residents were shocked to learn about the application for the cannabis store right on their doorstep. They have argued there are small children in the area and traffic will multiply causing unsafe driving conditions.

There are three schools within walking distance of the proposed location, near Fiddler’s Green, Emmore Avenue and Hatton, which residents say will have to accommodate the additional traffic.

Resident Kerry Balonjan started a petition on change.org to stop the cannabis store from opening. As of May 14, 541 people have signed it.

Ancaster has an active cannabis retail outlet at 1142 Wilson Street W. and there is an application for a retail outlet in the Ancaster Business Park at 1428 Sandhill Dr.

Hamilton has limited authority to prevent the cannabis shop from locating at Hatton. All the city can do is provide its resolution to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which makes the final decision, for consideration.

The commission states that it will only consider issues involving protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis when considering an application.

Responses for public submissions on the cannabis application are due to the commission by May 22. No timeline is identified when a decision will be made.

Hamilton councillors voted 10-6 in January 2019 to allow cannabis retail stores within its boundaries. By willing to accept cannabis outlets, the municipality will receive a portion of any federal excise tax collected from the product. The city had stipulated that proper distances be established for pot shops to be located from parks, schools and day care centres.

The provincial government’s only planning criteria for cannabis stores is they have to be 150-metres away from schools and day care centres.

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson, who enthusiastically reminded his colleagues who voted for the cannabis stores to locate in Hamilton said regardless of any restrictions the city imposed on the outlets, it will be an “uphill battle” to stop them from moving into identified locations.

“This is one I could almost predict down the road,” said Jackson. “This is the price we are paying.”

Hamilton objects to proposed Ancaster cannabis store location

News May 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton councillors have formally objected to a proposed cannabis store proposed for a well-established residential neighbourhood in Ancaster.

Cannabis Roll Inc. has filed an application to the provincial Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a cannabis retail outlet at 11 Hatton Drive, near Fiddler’s Green Road and Highway 403 that had previously housed Your Choice Variety store. The property is zoned commercial.

“This is an oddity,” said the city’s director of licensing Ken Leendertse. “It meets all the criteria by the council because it is zoned commercial. (But) it certainly doesn’t seem to fit this neighbourhood.”

Despite the proposed cannabis shop meeting the city’s guidelines to locate at Hatton Drive, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson said the city needs to do something to prevent the outlet from opening.

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“I’ve received more emails on this issue than I did on the Brandon House (demolition) or COVID-19,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson. “It is a very contentious issue.”

He said the proposed location is surrounded in a neighbourhood with families that have been living in the area for years.

“It is not the right location for this type of facility,” said Ferguson.

Nearby residents were shocked to learn about the application for the cannabis store right on their doorstep. They have argued there are small children in the area and traffic will multiply causing unsafe driving conditions.

There are three schools within walking distance of the proposed location, near Fiddler’s Green, Emmore Avenue and Hatton, which residents say will have to accommodate the additional traffic.

Resident Kerry Balonjan started a petition on change.org to stop the cannabis store from opening. As of May 14, 541 people have signed it.

Ancaster has an active cannabis retail outlet at 1142 Wilson Street W. and there is an application for a retail outlet in the Ancaster Business Park at 1428 Sandhill Dr.

Hamilton has limited authority to prevent the cannabis shop from locating at Hatton. All the city can do is provide its resolution to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which makes the final decision, for consideration.

The commission states that it will only consider issues involving protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis when considering an application.

Responses for public submissions on the cannabis application are due to the commission by May 22. No timeline is identified when a decision will be made.

Hamilton councillors voted 10-6 in January 2019 to allow cannabis retail stores within its boundaries. By willing to accept cannabis outlets, the municipality will receive a portion of any federal excise tax collected from the product. The city had stipulated that proper distances be established for pot shops to be located from parks, schools and day care centres.

The provincial government’s only planning criteria for cannabis stores is they have to be 150-metres away from schools and day care centres.

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson, who enthusiastically reminded his colleagues who voted for the cannabis stores to locate in Hamilton said regardless of any restrictions the city imposed on the outlets, it will be an “uphill battle” to stop them from moving into identified locations.

“This is one I could almost predict down the road,” said Jackson. “This is the price we are paying.”