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Recreational Marijuana Uses

On February 10, 2015 Planning Commission held a public workshop to gather information related to the potential amendment to the City's interim recreational marijuana business regulations, which are effective through July 12, 2015.   If you would like to be notified of the Planning Commission public hearing, please contact us at 425-257-8731. 

On January 7, 2015, City Council approved an ordinance modifying and renewing interim zoning regulations related to recreational marijuana businesses. On October 15, 2014, City Council approved an ordinance to extend the interim ordinance on recreational marijuana businesses for another six months. 

Retail Use
The interim regulations allow marijuana retailers in any zone allowing retail use, except B-1 and C-2ES 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 retailers are also prohibited on lots containing or abutting a lot with a residential use.

Production and Processing
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.).    

If you would like further information or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact us at 425 257-8731.

Contact Info:
Planning Department
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 8A
Everett, WA 98201
T: 425-257-8731
F: 425-257-7142

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