TNRD approves marijuana grow-op bylaw

Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2442, 2013

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2442, 2013, during its Jan. 16 meeting.

The bylaw allows licensed medical marijuana production facilities in AF-1, FL-1, I-2 and I-3 zones or lands within the Agriculture Land Reserve, subject to the following conditions:

(a) Facilities must be licensed by Health Canada.

(b) Use must be located on a parcel having a minimum parcel area of eight hectares except on lands zoned I-2 or I-3, where the minimum parcel area shall be four hectares.

(c) All buildings used for medical marijuana production shall be set back a minimum of 50 metres from all parcel lines.

Mobile communications service in rural areas

A letter will be forwarded to federal Minister of Industry James Moore and MP Cathy McLeod requesting that when new air time is released for mobile communication that consideration be given for improving service to rural areas in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

BC Hydro Dividends and Rates

A letter will be forwarded to the Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, requesting that the government dividend from BC Hydro be limited to a maximum dividend of $245 million, as was stipulated in the 2013 provincial budget; that the BC Utilities Commission review BC Hydro rate increases; and that further energy producing home improvements, beside solar water-heating, receive government tax credits.

Gas tax funding

McLure Fire Hall, which is located in Electoral Area P, will receive up to $15,000 towards a heating system, through the federal gas tax community works fund.

Collocation agreements for TV rebroadcasting sites

The TNRD will enter into collocation TV rebroadcasting site agreements with the following organizations:

• Raftview Communications Ltd.

• ABC Allen Communications Ltd.

• The Seventh Day Adventist Church.

• PerfectWorld Innovations Ltd.