Bellevue to consider extending recreational marijuana zoning regulations



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Bellevue City Council will hold a public hearing during its 8:00 pm Regular Session meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, in the City Council Chamber in Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, to consider an ordinance extending an interim official zoning control regulating recreational marijuana uses for an additional six month period.

On October 21, 2013, the Bellevue City Council adopted Ordinance No. 6133 B-1 adopting an official interim zoning control regulating the location of recreational marijuana producers, processors, and retailers and providing operation and performance criteria to protect neighborhoods from the impacts related to the operation of recreational marijuana uses.

The interim zoning ordinance, which will be effective for up to six months, limits marijuana production and processing to areas zoned for light industrial uses, and restricts the locations of retail outlets. It also requires beefed up security measures, prohibits outdoor growing and mandates that recreational marijuana operations be at least 1,000 feet away from medical cannabis collective gardens.

On December 2, 2013, the City Council held a public hearing pursuant to the Growth Management Act, RCW 36.70A.390, after which the Council affirmed that Ordinance No. 6133 B-1 would remain in effect for an initial period of six months, while the City drafts, considers, holds hearings, and adopts permanent regulations. The purpose of the March 17, 2014 public hearing is to provide an opportunity to take written and oral comments regarding the potential extension of the interim regulations for an additional six month period.

The Growth Management Act, RCW 36.70A.390, authorizes cities to adopt interim official control provided cities hold a public hearing within 60 days of adoption. Cities may also renew the interim official control for one or more six-month periods if a subsequent public hearing is held.