A City Council public hearing is scheduled on October 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Williams E. Moore Historic City Hall to consider Planning Commission's recommendation to extend the interim ordinance on recreational marijuana businesses for another six months. The public is encouraged to attend.
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On October 23, 2013, Everett City Council adopted interim zoning regulations for recreational marijuana business uses. The interim regulations allow marijuana retailers in any zone allowing retail use, except B-1 zones and non-conforming retail uses in residential zones. There is a minimum required separation of 2,500 feet between marijuana retailers, measured as the shortest distance between the boundaries of the parcel upon which the buildings are located.
Marijuana production and processing are permitted in industrial zones and agricultural zones, provided that processing (changing from raw product to a packaged or manufactured product like baked goods) cannot occur in the A-1 zone unless the raw material – marijuana - is grown on site. There is a minimum required separation of 1,000 feet between a production facility and residential zones, measured in the same manner as the 2,500 foot retailer setback.
The State Liquor Control Board issued revised regulations after the Planning Commission took action in September. These changes include limiting the number of retail outlets in the city of Everett to 5, and establishing different tiers for production facilities based on size. The City Council action limits production facilities to Tier 1 facilities, or a maximum of 2,000 square feet.
The State regulations also include a minimum separation of 1,000 feet between recreational marijuana businesses and sensitive land uses (schools, libraries, playgrounds, daycare centers, etc.).
The interim zoning regulations are intended to create a limited pilot project that allows some marijuana activity in the areas within which they are most likely to be compatible. The interim regulations are a first step, which may be expanded or modified as warranted following a full planning process.