Dayton to resume pot zoning hearings

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA), 2014-07-11


July 11 -- DAYTON -- The city's Planning Commission will continue a public hearing on revised marijuana zoning regulations Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The new draft of zoning regulations would allow medical marijuana dispensaries and collective medical marijuana gardens in some areas of the city.

Planner Karen Scharer said she was directed by the Planning Commission to see how other cities were regulating medical marijuana, based on public comments at an earlier hearing.

Under the regulations, medical marijuana processing and production facilities would be allowed as conditional uses in the city's fringe commercial zone, the majority of which is on the western edge of the city.

Collective medical marijuana gardens would be allowed as a principal use in that zone, as well as the agricultural-residential zone, and dispensaries would be allowed conditionally in the central and fringe commercial zones.

Collective gardens would be required to obtain a safety license from the city for about $250 , which would include a background check by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office . The license would have to be renewed annually.

The regulations also include zoning and other requirements for recreational marijuana production, processing and retail, which have not been changed since the city's last hearing.

Scharer said she anticipates bringing the zoning regulations before City Council in September.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at 509-526-8363, rachelalexander@wwub.com or on Twitter .

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