Kirkland’s interim zoning regulations amended to allow marijuana retail sales in Light Industrial Technology Zones with boundary restrictions


Amended regulations take effect immediately, affecting potential retail sales locations


At its meeting on June 17, 2014, the Kirkland City Council unanimously approved amending the interim zoning regulations it adopted in March to address concerns expressed by residents about potential marijuana retail uses in Light Industrial Technology (LIT) zones that are adjacent to residential zones.  The amended regulations, adopted via Ordinance O-4446, allow for the retail sale of marijuana in the LIT zones only where at least 50 percent of the boundaries of the zone are contiguous with commercial zones.  Council members expressed the need to have the amendments take place immediately and unanimously adopted the legislation as an emergency ordinance.  The amendments the Council approved in March and those approved last night expire in September 2014. 


Kirkland’s interim regulations for marijuana retail uses are in addition to the restrictions required by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) implemented as a result of the passage of Initiative 502 by Washington voters.


Kirkland’s interim zoning regulations as they relate to the sale of marijuana prohibit such use in Market Street Corridor Zones 1 and 2 and on any site in the City abutting at street with one of Kirkland’s adopted School Walk Routes. 


The amendments approved last night removed LIT zones within the Norkirk, Moss Bay and Everest neighborhoods as possible locations for marijuana sales. However, there is and eligible LIT Zone within in the North Rose Hill neighborhood.


For specific questions about the interim regulations, contact the Planning & Community Development Department at 425-587-3225 More information about Kirkland’s interim zoning regulations for the retail sale of marijuana can be found