Adoption of revised marijuana ordinance edges closer

Ben Tisdel, county commissioner, addresses elements of the most recent version of the marijuana regulations ordinance, making his thoughts known to Planning Director Mark Castrodale. The ordinance has been under revision for several months but may be ready for another reading this month.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


In the wake of substantial opposition to a marijuana cultivation facility’s relocation to the Log Hill area, Ouray County land use staff is still making tweaks to the county’s marijuana ordinance. The most recent proposed draft of an amended ordinance made an appearance at a Board of County Commissioners work session Tuesday afternoon, featuring changes in notification distances and facility relocation rights and the consideration of allowing cultivation operations to settle on smaller land parcels.
In a work session last December, representatives of the KOB cultivation group suggested the county consider making smaller parcels available for cultivation development, as most that are considered by cultivation operations must be in the one structure per 35 acres range. At that session, Commissioner Don Batchelder said one route for that could be the county’s variance process, which he restated at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I think it’s important to have an appeal/variance process,” said Batchelder, also stating he wasn’t against inserting language in the ordinance allowing cultivation facilities a specific avenue for acquiring smaller parcels. “Absent that, an applicant may not have avenues to pursue they feel they should have.”
Although Tuesday’s draft of the ordinance suggested...

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