THE city will explore new rules to rein in large medical marijuana grow operations in homes after Winnipeggers complained about odour and safety.
On Thursday, council voted unanimously to seek a report on restrictions that could ban medical cannabis cultivation in residential areas or limit the number of plants that can be grown in each house.
The report will include zoning bylaw options to regulate or prohibit nuisance odours or any other “health hazards” from homes where cannabis is cultivated.
City offers support for ‘creative hub’
CITY council will offer two significant financial incentives to support a “creative hub” in the Exchange District.
The development aims to produce an arts attraction and affordable housing on part of the Princess Street site that once had the Public Safety Building and a parkade.
Council voted unanimously Thursday to waive property taxes for 25 years and lease the city-owned land for the project for $1 per year to support the project.
Spending delayed on sewage mega project
WINNIPEG will delay spending $15.3 million on a detailed engineering design for part of a $1.8-billion north end sewage treatment plant upgrade.
Council voted to pause the investment in the project’s biosolids facility Thursday, since a funding request to the provincial and federal governments for the overall upgrade has not yet been granted.
City water and waste officials warn that proceeding with the project before a funding commitment arrives could lead the city to waste its money on the design.
City eases path to urban food growth
COUNCIL has made it easier to grow food in more places.
Councillors approved bylaw amendments on Thursday to allow indoor and outdoor urban agriculture in more parts of Winnipeg without requiring residents to apply for a change of land use.
Before the change, agriculture was only allowed without special approvals in agricultural and larger rural residential zones.
The changes will allow outdoor urban agriculture to take place without that extra step in all zones, except heavy industrial areas, which would require a public hearing. Indoor agriculture (such as hydroponics and vertical gardening) would be allowed in industrial zones, most commercial zones and some parks.
— Joyanne Pursaga