Another resident said when the council reviews the bylaws, town hall isn't a big enough space to accommodate the residents who wish to attend and oversee the process.

A young elementary school student said a nearby cannabis operation sometimes makes it unbearable for him and his classmates to play outside during recess.

"One day last year at school around February, we got called in after getting off the buses because of the odour from the plant," the student said, and added, "We need to have some rules and guidelines because that shouldn't be affecting our school."

Last October, Pelham passed an interim control bylaw, putting a halt on the construction and expansion of any cannabis facilities in the municipality. The bylaw was passed to give the town an opportunity to update its bylaws on cannabis production.

The bylaw is set to expire on Oct. 15, but the town has the option to extend if for another year.

Lawyer Tom Richardson, speaking on behalf of CannTrust, an operation currently facing legal woes, cautioned the council on passing bylaws that are unfair and discriminatory toward cannabis operations.

The public input from Tuesday's meeting and the bylaws will be presented in a report to council to review at a meeting on Sept. 23.

The council directed staff to include recommendations from the CCC and to move the meeting from town hall to the Accursi Room at the community centre to allow more members of the public to attend. The meeting start time was also pushed back to 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Marvin Junkin thanked those in attendance for participating in the public meeting.

"The amount of people here has not been lost on council. On Sept. 23 when we review the bylaws presented, I can assure you the residents' needs and wants will be taken into great consideration."

Highlights of proposed changes

* Outdoor cannabis production would require a zoning bylaw amendment;

* Cannabis production would be prohibited in the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area;

* Greenhouses would require installation of odour and light mitigation systems and plans for waste management, as well as for odour and light control, maintenance and monitoring;

* Cannabis production would become a separate use from agricultural use;

* No retail store accessory to a greenhouse and greenhouses requiring more than 10,000 litres of water per day would be permitted;

* Indoor cannabis production permitted in agricultural and industrial zones: Outdoor cannabis production is prohibited;

* The minimum setback to a sensitive land use must be 150 metres. Sensitive land use includes schools, playgrounds, daycares, sporting venues, residential property, churches or community centres.

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