Glenwood Springs Metropolis Council has final say on cannabis permits, even when software satisfies demanded standards outlined in community and condition laws
Sort Castle, a retail marijuana dispensary, has opened a new locale in Craig and is in the course of action of obtaining a permit in Cedaredge, but proprietor John Dyet understands there is possible no chance he’ll ever get approval to open up up a spot in Glenwood Springs.
“It’s been pretty much unachievable to get a cannabis retail outlet approved in Glenwood. I narrowly was capable to get my marijuana retailer accredited in the Glenwood Meadows plaza even however it was a fantastic application,” Dyet recalled. His software was authorized by a 4-3 vote.
His software for one more site in the 2100 block of Grand Avenue was ultimately denied 5-1 by Glenwood Springs council members.
“(Glenwood Springs Metropolis Council) gave us a listing of challenges for the website at 2114 Grand Avenue when they to start with denied us, then a 12 months later they denied our resubmitted software even even though we fixed all of their concerns,” Dyet explained of the software that was denied June 3.
That application would have allowed Dyet to open a retail outlet in the now-empty business area positioned future to Trading Write-up Pawn.
“That was a two-12 months procedure just for that web site by itself,” Dyet said. “Some of the council users refuse to approve new retailers, even however the home is experienced and the applicant follows the code precisely.”
The key reason council customers cited in voting no — Council Member Shelly Kaup was the lone “yes” vote — was the place and its proximity to a park and university.
Town ordinance calls for any retail marijuana business to be at least 1,000 ft from any community or non-public school, park, psychological wellbeing facility or drug treatment method facility.
However Dyet’s proposed spot complied with individuals demands.
Glenwood Springs town spokesperson Bryana Starbuck stated metropolis personnel works with applicants on all application kinds, like marijauna licenses.
“Once an applicant has sufficiently geared up an software for evaluate, employees will ship purposes with staff recommendations, occasionally with circumstances, to the Scheduling and Zoning Commission and then to metropolis council for evaluation,” Starbuck explained.
The P&Z Fee voted to propose acceptance of Dyet’s software.
“As the choice-producing entire body with the closing authority to approve or deny an application, town council critiques the application, suggestions from P&Z and community input to choose compliance with the Comprehensive System and Municipal Code, and if the use has demonstrated compliance with the specific critique criteria,” Starbuck stated.
“City council’s interpretation of an application’s compliance may possibly differ from metropolis staff.”
Council member Ingrid Wussow, who served on the scheduling and zoning board right before she was appointed to metropolis council, reported her vote to deny Dyet’s application was centered on the proposed location’s proximity to a residential area where many kids stay.
“One of the largest matters we’re hoping to determine in land use apps is if it’s compatible with the use and location. In this case, adjacent to household home, I did not really feel cozy with the marriage of the alignment of people two,” Wussow mentioned, noting that she supports the marijuana marketplace and companies in Glenwood Springs and their tax contributions to town and faculty budgets.
“I just experienced an challenge with this precise software,” she reported.