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Steamboat planning commission set to weigh in on pot shop relocation proposal

A map shows the location where RMR wants to set up its retail and medical operations.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will weigh in later this month on a marijuana dispensary's request to move into a more visible and accessible location between downtown and Steamboat Ski Area.

Rocky Mountain Remedies will have two hurdles to clear in order to get permission to move into the new location at 410 S. Lincoln Ave.

First, the business is hoping the planning commission and the Steamboat Springs City Council will uphold a precedent set by a previous council that marijuana stores should be permitted to set up shop less than 1,000 feet from a park if the actual walking distance to the park is actually more than 1,000 feet.

A surveyor has found that while the pot shop would be less than 1,000 feet from a park as the crow flies, the actual walking distance on roads and sidewalks from the proposed location to Dudley Field near Emerald Park is 1,931 feet.

The second hurdle RMR will have to overcome is to convince the planning commission and the council the marijuana shop should be able to operate next to a piece of property that is zoned residential.

RMR will try to make a case that the proximity to the residential land will not be an issue due to the actual walking distance to the property, physical barriers that exist between the properties as well as the ongoing operation of a retail liquor store in the same area.

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The city has sent notices about the planning proposal to 13 nearby land and business owners.

The public hearing in front of the planning commission is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Citizens Hall.

The proposal will then go to City Council on Tuesday, April 3.

RMR co-owner Kevin Fisher told Steamboat Today in January he thought the new location would be more convenient for customers.

"We're the only marijuana operator over there in industrial land, off the shuttle route and the bus route," Fisher said.

He has also said marijuana stores have limited options for places to move in town because of the additional restrictions the city places on the businesses, including the one that prevents them from being too close to public parks.

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