Public hearing regarding safe injection site ban to continue March 12

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The Lynnwood City Council will continue its public hearing regarding an ordinance banning safe injection sites within the city limits during its meeting on March 12.

The first half of the public hearing was held on Feb. 26. It was continued to March 12 to ensure the public was properly notified about the hearing.

Since the ordinance passed in January was an emergency ordinance, a public hearing is required within 60 days of its approval to remain valid. The hearing scheduled Feb. 26 and continued to Monday, March 12 satisfies that requirement.

The emergency ordinance, passed in January, is valid for six months. Council President Benjamin Goodwin proposed the emergency ordinance during a business meeting on Jan. 8, he said, because he wanted the council to get ahead of possible zoning applications and set up a six-month time frame for the council to discuss more permanent regulations in detail.

The ordinance passed 5-2, with Councilmembers Ruth Ross and Shirley Sutton casting dissenting votes. Since it was an emergency moratorium, the ordinance required five yes votes to pass.

To learn more about the ordinance that was passed, click here. To read the ordinance itself, click here and read the attached document.

The public hearing discussing the issue will be part of the regular business meeting on Monday, March 12, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W. Click here to read the full agenda.

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