Council OK's medical marijuana zoning

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STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council gave final approval to zoning regulations for medical marijuana facilities and took action that might lead to a marijuana facility in the city.
Second and final reading approval for the city’s medical marijuana zoning ordinance came at Monday night’s Council meeting. The city action is required because of the ballot measure approved by voters last year to allow medical marijuana in the state. The ordinance sets zones for marijuana sales and production facilities and was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 20 meeting. The Council vote was unanimous.
The Council also approved gave first reading approval to rezoning that could lead to a potential marijuana facility at 130 E. Fremont Road. The rezoning must be approved on a second reading at the next City Council meeting to take effect.
According to the Council’s informational sheet, Steve Knight, owner of Results Advertising, had requested the property be rezoned from C-1 Commercial to M-1 Light Industrial.
“Mr. Knight has a real estate contract for a potential marijuana facility, by rezoning, this property will be zoned correctly for a marijuana facility,” according to the staff information.
The distance required for a Cultivation Facility in the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance is 1,000 ft from a School, Church or Licensed Daycare.
From the Middle School property line to the property line at 130 W Fremont the distance is 2,170 feet, according to Code Administrator Joe Berkich.
“This property would be required to have a conditional use because it is adjacent to a RS-1 Residential District,” Berkich said.
Councilman Gib Adkins paused before voting in favor of the first reading. He later said Council members still have questions about the issue, but will work to get answers before the final vote.

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