Source: The Star
There were four dissemination areas which were identified for further consideration by the model as described in Research Findings - Objective 3, representing the most suitable dissemination areas based on the multiple constraints and criteria identified as important for citing a recreational marijuana dispensary in Guelph. These areas were deemed by the model to be the most suitable in consideration of all criteria. Only areas which are allowed by the sum of constraints are ranked, causing many areas to be ranked quite lowly. The areas of significant interest are DAUID: 35230378 and DAUID: 35230379, the only two dissemination areas which recieved a final suitability score of over 70, which happen to be in extremley close proximity to one another. The location of these dissemination areas implies that this particular area of the region is better suited for the siting of a dispensary based purely on our model. Since the two highest scoring dissemnation areas were concentratrated into one area, it means that our criteria and constraints essentially limited development to larger groups of dissemination areas within the City of Guelph.
Despite the limitations identified, the model successfully identifies commercially zoned areas in two dissemination areas which are by far the most suitable for the incoming marijuana storefront in the City of Guelph. The commercial zones within these dissemination areas make logical sense for a marijuana storefront when considering the real-lfie context of the highest scoring dissemination areas. It is deemed unnecessary to consider any of the other identified dissemination areas as they were deemed significantly less suitable.
The four locations determined to be suitable for a marijuana dispensary all make practical sense if they were to actually be constructed, indicating that our model’s logistics and applicability is high. The locations determined to be best suited for a marijuana dispensary are based on our specific weights, which greatly impact the results of the model. Although, these factors meet a respectable consistency ratio, the weights could be reassigned to change results based on what is deemed most important.
It is recommended that in the future, model parameters, including buffer distances can be adjusted or even eliminated to produce potentially differing sets of conclusions. It is also recommended that the commercial zones within these two dissemination areas are further reserached to determine the best possible parcel for the marijuana dispensary within the City of Guelph.
Finally, as the marijuana storefront location is yet to be announced by the Government of Ontario, there is potential for the government to use this model to identify dissemination areas to further investigate for potential storefronts. Municipalities will have to consider the availability of commercially zoned land, as well as any other criteria which they deem important, however the conclusions of this model may prove to be a highly useful starting point for government planning in the near future.