Marijuana Ordinance up for Kirkland City Council vote on March 3

On Tuesday, March 3, the City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would incorporate into the Kirkland Zoning Code the rules and regulations for marijuana retailing, production and processing that are now adopted as interim regulations and due to expire on March 29, 2015. 

Citizens interested in expressing their opinion on this issue should send an email to the Kirkland City Council at citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov

The previous decisions regarding the interim zoning regulations taken the council (See Kirkland extends interim zoning regulations for recreational marijuana retail; Council to consider strategies for permanent regulations ) will be superseded by the decisions they make on March 3.

In summary, the ordinance would do the following:

  • Prohibit retail sale of marijuana in the MSC 1 and 2 zones along Market Street;
  • Allow the sale of marijuana  in three light industrial zones – LIT, TL 7 and TL 9A, provided that retailing would only be allowed in LIT zones where at least 50% of the zone is bounded by commercial zones;
  • Prohibit retail sale of marijuana on properties that abut designated school walk routes;
  • Adopt a map showing designated school walk routes; and
  • Adopt an odor control regulation pertaining to marijuana production and processing uses.

Public hearings on the new regulations were conducted by the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council.  All of the public comments were supportive of the regulations and both groups are recommending that the Council approve the proposed ordinance.

A copy of the proposed ordinance will be available Friday (February 27) on the City Council web page at http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/council/Meetings/Agendas.htm.