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‘Gas and Grass’ station before Glenwood City Council

What would be the first retail marijuana operation in the West Glenwood Springs area goes before City Council Thursday night.

And in a new twist on the recreational marijuana business in Glenwood, the request proposes to combine a pot shop with an existing gas station.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recently recommended denial of the request put forward by applicants using the business name “Native Roots Gas & Grass” to convert part of the existing West Glenwood Shell Station property into a retail marijuana shop.

However, city planning staff is recommending that council overturn that decision under the city’s now year-old marijuana business review procedures and allow the new establishment with certain conditions.

Native Roots operates 17 marijuana outlets in Colorado, including in Aspen, Eagle-Vail, Dillon, Frisco and on the Front Range.

The plan calls for combining the retail sale of marijuana products and gasoline under one roof, but in separate sections of the 2,161-square-foot building. The remainder of the property is where the existing Geno’s Liquors is located.

P&Z voted 5-1 to reject the proposal after a public hearing on Oct. 25, largely over concerns that the location is too close to Glenwood Springs Middle School.

The location is about 540 feet away from the school, which is beyond the 500-foot limit established by the city’s regulations for marijuana businesses.

Still, P&Z determined that the proposed business would be incompatible with the neighborhood, which is a mix of commercial uses fronting U.S. 6 and Interstate 70, including the Glenwood Springs Mall, with a transition to more residential areas and the school to the north and east.

Several middle school and other Roaring Fork School District officials attended the P&Z meeting in opposition to the marijuana store.

Employee parking was another concern raised by P&Z commissioners. The applicants said they plan to buy property located to the west of the site in order to have more parking.

If council reverses the P&Z decision, staff recommends several conditions, including one that’s become standard for marijuana operations regarding odor control. Any odor complaints leveled by adjacent property owners would trigger the city’s ability to re-evaluate and possibly revoke the business permit, under the proposed condition.

Native Roots representatives indicated at the October P&Z meeting that they intend to use the latest odor control technology.