Relocation of marijuana dispensary appealed to City Council

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— The Steamboat Springs City Council could decide Tuesday night to take up an appeal of the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote on June 14 to deny a plan to move a medical marijuana dispensary to a second floor space at 1136 Yampa Street in Sore Saddle Condominium Unit 2.

The Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny the application for a development permit although the move, as proposed, met the requirements of the ordinance, Senior Planner Bob Keenan said.

Keenan said the commissioners who opposed the plan of D and C LLC felt it was too close to Little Toots Park. The access to the new location would be off the alleyway adjacent to 12th Street.

Keenan said commissioners Jason Lacy, Kathi Meyer and Troy Brookshire voted to deny the permit with Norbert Turek and Jennifer Robbins voting against the motion to deny.

Steamboat Springs City Council meets Tuesday night beginning at 5 p.m. in an executive session in Citizen's Meeting Room in Centennial Hall at 124 10th St.

D and C LLC’s appeal of a denial to move its medical marijuana dispensary to an alley behind Yampa Street is likely to come up after 6 p.m. on the consent portion of the City Council agenda.

In the agenda packet he prepared for last week’s Planning Commission meeting, Keenan wrote “D and C Medical Marijuana is one of three centers that are allowed to operate within the City of Steamboat Springs. They are looking to relocate their business from 410 South Lincoln Avenue (near Hilltop Parkway and Hwy. 40) to an upstairs unit that is accessed off the alley at 1136 Yampa Street (behind Orange Peel).”

Keenan added that an ordinance passed by council in July 2011 made D and C’s current location a legal nonconforming use in the Community Commercial Zone District.

“The proposed location on Yampa Street is zoned CY and conditionally allows for this use on a non-pedestrian level,” Keenan wrote in the Planning Commission agenda packet.

– To reach Tom Ross, call (970) 871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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