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Land-use changes sought for medical marijuana in Oak Creek

Town Board to consider applications at meeting tonight

Zach Fridell

— The Oak Creek Town Board will hear three requests for land-use changes at a meeting tonight, all for medical marijuana establishments.

That may be too many medical marijuana businesses for the town of less than 1,000 residents, Mayor Nikki Knoebel said.

According to the agenda, Skyler Hartman is asking to use 240 Arthur St. for a medical marijuana dispensary and commercial kitchen. Jacob Wise, owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in town, also is asking for an optional cultivation site for his dispensary at the same Arthur Street address. Rocky Mountain High Kitchens is asking for an optional location for its existing center and kitchen.

"In my mind, we would only need one bakery and one medical marijuana center in Oak Creek," Knoebel said from Florida. She said she has been on vacation for the past week and has not had a chance to review the applications.

The town put itself in limbo waiting for the state to finalize medical marijuana laws, and now that they are in effect, allowing local governments to control medical marijuana centers, the town board will be faced with a decision about how to handle them.

The town's original moratorium was intended to keep the businesses off of Main Street and out of the main business district, Knoebel said.

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Now, the town can create more overarching rules if it decides to, or the town can address individual requests for land-use changes. The three requests went before the Planning Commission on Wednesday night, and recommendations from the commission will go to the board. Knoebel said the board could approve or deny any requests for land-use change and also could impose regulations.

Also at tonight's meeting, the Town Board will discuss a park design for the Sierra View Homeowners Association, brought by Andy Benjamin, and will consider an approval of an emergency ordinance to issue bonds valued at $1.2 million for the wastewater treatment plant.

If you go

What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., Oak Creek

Agenda items: Land-use changes for medical marijuana centers, discussion of a retaining wall for the Oak Creek Ice Rink, emergency ordinance for town bonds

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