City Council to hold public hearing on Marijuana moratoriums at Monday, Nov. 25 meeting

The Lynnwood City Council will be holding a public hearing on two draft ordinances that would extend the current moratoriums related to recreational and medical marijuana at its 7 p.m, Monday, Nov. 25 meeting in the City Council Chambers.

In June, the City Council enacted six-month moratoriums on the issuance of business and land use permits for recreational marijuana and medical marijuana. These moratoriums expire on Dec. 24.

Since the time the moratoriums were enacted, city staff has been reviewing the recently adopted state rules and regulatory controls being implemented by other local governments and developing options and alternatives for discussion with the City Council. City staff is recommending extension of the current moratoriums to allow for the development of local regulations.

In addition, the City Council will consider a draft ordinance that, on an interim basis, prohibits the location of marijuana operations in single-family and multi-family zones. Passage of the interim zoning controls is recommended by city staff as a precautionary measure should the moratoriums be challenged.

A public hearing need not be held prior to enactment of interim controls, but is required within 60 days of such action. The public notice issued for the Nov. 25 public hearing did not make reference to interim controls and therefore satisfies only the procedural requirements associated with moratoriums. If the Council approves the draft ordinance that establishes interim controls, city staff will schedule a public hearing to be held within 60 days.

The City Council also will be having a public hearing on proposed mid-biennial budget changes and 2013-14 revenue projections. The City’s Capital Facilities Plan Ordinance for 2014-19 also will be discussed at Monday’s meeting.




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