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Cannabis Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL)

ICBL Background

The purpose of an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) is to control the use of specified lands while a review or study of land use policies is undertaken.

On May 20, 2020 Council directed staff to enact an ICBL to allow for the opportunity to fully evaluate the implications of cannabis production facilities in East Gwillimbury. The ICBL temporarily restricts the development of cannabis production facilities Town-wide, with exemptions provided for existing Employment Prestige (M1) and Employment General (M2) zoning permissions.

Cannabis Production Facilities Land Use Study

As a part of the passing of the Interim Control Bylaw, Council directed that a study be undertaken to review and develop appropriate land use planning policies, and to establish a framework and work plan for the land use study.

On October 6, 2020 Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Cannabis Production Facilities Land Use Study. For additional information, please find the October 6 report available below: 

Interim Control Bylaw Passed

On June 9, 2020 Council passed the ICBL By-law No. 2020-044: 

The ICBL remains in effect for one year, lapsing June 9, 2021. 

Next Steps

Staff will use the duration of the ICBL period to undertake a land use study and consult with the public to determine how cannabis production facilities can be more appropriately regulated within Town. The land use study will result in the implementation of a Zoning Bylaw Amendment and other land use policy or licensing regulations to effectively manage cannabis production facilities within Town.

Further Information & Questions

For more information, please also see the Town's Cannabis Legalization page. 
If you would like to learn more about the Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL), please contact: 

Planning Branch
Development Services
planning@eastgwillimbury.calinks to external site
905-478-4283 ext. 1285