Council previewed more zoning scenarios on interim regulations for retail of marijuana; Holds March 18 Public Hearing

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Citizens invited to review zoning map scenarios posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov/I-502 

 
At its March 4, 2014 meeting in preparing for the Public Hearing it will hold on March 18, 2014, the Kirkland City Council previewed several new zoning scenarios for the location of marijuana retail uses within city limits. Council had asked staff to develop different options or scenarios when it discussed supplemental interim regulations at its February 18, 2014 meeting. The scenarios were based upon the current interim regulations and depicted: excluding retail sales within 100-foot of single- and multi-family residential uses, allowing such uses in the retail and industrial zones; allowing the use in retail and industrial zones with the exclusion of the Light Industrial-Technology (LIT) zones; allowing in retail and industrial zones except when within the 100 feet of residential uses; and restricting marijuana retail near elementary school walk routes. The City Council invites citizens to review seven scenario maps that posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov/I-502. Public comment on the scenarios can be given at the Public Hearing which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and held at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue. Comments can also be emailed to citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov.  

On February 4, 2014, the City Council adopted regulations, which are in effect for six months, which prohibit marijuana retail uses within the Market Street Corridor Zone 1 area. This area extends along Market Street from 8th Avenue to 19th Avenue. 
The Planning Commission has been directed to develop permanent regulations for recommendation to the City Council.

“The March 18 Public Hearing allows the City Council to take further public comment about other possible scenarios as it continues its thorough deliberation of marijuana retail uses in the City,” explains City Manager Kurt Triplett. “Information on the recent experiences of Colorado which has legalized recreation marijuana will also be presented.” 

For background information on Initiative 502 and the impacts to Kirkland, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/I-502.