Public Hearing Oct. 1 in Friday Harbor about the moratorium on Marijuana production and processing

San Juan County currently has a moratorium on licensed marijuana production and processing. The resolution was adopted earlier this year. It can be read here.

The County Council will consider extending Resolution No. 15-2019 regarding the moratorium on marijuana production and processing at a public hearing scheduled for September 24, 2019. They will also discuss a work plan for the development of code amendments to address regulation of such activities on Monday September 10. The draft resolution, work plan and public hearing notice are found at this link:

The San Juan County Council will take public testimony on a proposed resolution to extend the existing six month moratorium on new or pending applications for a building or occupancy permit, variance, conditional use or other development permit or approval with respect to licensed marijuana production and processing. This moratorium adopted in Resolution No. 15-2019 expires October 2, 2019, unless renewed or otherwise extended as provided in RCW 36.70.795 and RCW 36.70A.390.

Under the existing moratorium, permit applications for marijuana production and processing shall not be accepted as either consistent or complete by any County department. After reviewing public testimony, County Council will consider adopting a new resolution to extend the moratorium and propose a work plan to adopt regulations needed to address the siting of marijuana production and processing.

Copies of the Resolution are available at the SJC Department of Community Development (935 Rhone Street, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250) office during business hours or the County Council’s office or at: https://www.sanjuanco.com/1585/Marijuana.

HOW TO COMMENT: The official comment period is September 11, 2019 through September 24, 2019 at the public hearing, unless the County Council extends it. Written comments submitted prior to 12 noon on Monday, September 23, 2019, will be copied for the County Council unless they wish to review comments on-line. Please comment:

Via Mail: Before the public hearing, mail written comments to Linda Kuller, Department of Community Development (DCD) PO Box 947 Friday Harbor, WA 98250, or deliver them to the DCD office at 135 Rhone Street, Friday Harbor, WA between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Via Email: Email comments to dcd@sanjuanco.com. Title of subject line: Marijuana Moratorium. For the record, include your full address.

Via Oral Testimony: You may provide comments on the proposals at the public hearing.

Copies: Please provide five (5) copies of written comments if you submit them to County Council after 12 noon p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019, or if you distribute written comments at the public hearing.

The San Juan County Council will hold a regular meeting and public hearing on beginning at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 24 in the Legislative Hearing Room at 55 Second Street in Friday Harbor. 

 

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