Grand Junction Metropolis Council mentioned the suggestions throughout its Monday Planning Fee working session on regulate marijuana companies within the metropolis.
Voters will resolve whether or not they’ll permit marijuana companies to function within the metropolis through the April election.
Nevertheless, Metropolis Supervisor Greg Caton stated town was making an attempt to supply voters with a possible framework on how these companies can be regulated if allowed.
“I am certain the board can admire that we create a framework or define of what members of our group would possibly anticipate the place we is likely to be heading if that is permitted by the voters, however what number of particulars can we do earlier than the voters ? see it, stated Cato. “So that is the stability we’re looking for.”
Senior Planner Lance Gloss offered the suggestions to Metropolis Council. He stated metropolis employees, together with the planning fee and a working group with stakeholder representatives and group members, have been engaged on this problem since final summer season.
“We have been protecting this matter since mid-summer of final yr and we have had a number of workshops, public hearings, and planning committee workshops in addition to extra not too long ago on this matter,” Gloss stated. “We additionally had a comparatively giant employees crew, unfold throughout all departments, delving into numerous dimensions of this reasonably difficult topic.”
The advice to manage retail shops largely follows present liquor retailer laws, together with a 500-foot buffer zone for faculties.
Manufacturing of the merchandise can be restricted to particular business and industrial areas, whereas cultivation was really helpful just for industrial areas.
Council member Kraig Andrews requested why the planning fee really helpful a 500-foot buffer for faculties when the duty power had beforehand really helpful 1,000 toes.
Planning Fee Chairman Andrew Teske stated he believes a aggressive evaluate course of for retail retailer purposes and limiting the variety of shops is the easiest way to manage location enterprises.
Nevertheless, if the Request for Proposals (RFP) course of didn’t embrace a localization component, the fee’s suggestion may change.
“If it turned out that the RFP course of did not embrace a localization element or had different options that required buffering to be dealt with another way, the fee, I believe, would suggest. that we’re choices for one thing extra significant each when it comes to distance and maybe within the kinds of makes use of which might be buffered, ”Teske stated.
This RFP course of may start as early as August with the approval of purposes by January 2022, in response to the timeline proposed by town, though a brand new metropolis council, which can even be elected in April, may. change that.
There was some denial from the board on enterprise licenses to be permitted.
Rising marijuana particularly within the metropolis was opposed by council member Rick Taggart, who stated he did not suppose it was an applicable use.
“I’m completely in opposition to cultivation on this group,” Taggart stated. “I respect the truth that you must put it in I1 and I2, however I am unable to think about what corporations are going to suppose that run massive mild manufacturing industries with a marijuana area proper subsequent to it.
A number of board members thanked Gloss and the planning committee for his or her work.
Council member Phillip Pe’a stated whereas different communities have been regulating marijuana companies for a while, will probably be troublesome to seek out the precise match for Grand Junction.
“It seems to be like it might be straightforward as a result of the wheel is already invented, however now it is more durable as a result of now you must discover the one that can work greatest for us,” stated Pe’a.
Because the assembly was a working session, no motion was taken by town council.