Carbondale board to talk medical pot regs |

Carbondale board to talk medical pot regs

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Carbondale trustees are set to continue their discussion about proposed local regulation of medical marijuana businesses at tonight’s regular Town Council meeting.

The board is currently considering a draft zoning ordinance that would specify where in Carbondale medical marijuana centers and grow operations can be located.

The draft ordinance is based on a set of recommendations from the town’s specially appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Advisory Group, which issued its findings in late July.

Among the specific issues to be addressed at tonight’s meeting will be:

• The distance a medical marijuana facility can be from a school; both the advisory group and a majority of trustees have suggested a 500-foot buffer; and,

• How to handle existing medical marijuana businesses that become out of compliance with the new zoning code amendments, including the distance requirements.

“In general, the existing use is allowed to continue to operate as long as it is not expanded,” according to a town staff interpretation of the municipal code. “Once the specific business ceases to operate, any new business/use must comply with the existing code.”

Also on the table for further discussion is where to allow commercial grow operations, and whether they should be subject to a conditional use review by town staff, as well as any associated licensing fees that may be assessed.

Following tonight’s discussion, the proposed zoning amendments are expected to be referred to the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for review. The Board of Trustees will continue to work on an ordinance related to licensing requirements.

Also on tonight’s agenda is a request to reopen the public hearing on the so-called Historic Commercial Core Overlay Zoning. The newly drafted rules for downtown development would allow for taller buildings than Carbondale’s building code allows in certain instances. However, questions about new parking requirements contained in the draft ordinance have been raised by developers of the Town Center project.

Tonight’s Carbondale Town Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

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