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Recreational marijuana, cargo containers, land splits regulations before P&Z Tuesday

Posted 2/22/21

Proposed changes to the Apache Junction City Code regarding recreational marijuana, cargo containers, land splits and subdivision design standards are to be discussed at Tuesday’s planning and …

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Recreational marijuana, cargo containers, land splits regulations before P&Z Tuesday

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Proposed changes to the Apache Junction City Code regarding recreational marijuana, cargo containers, land splits and subdivision design standards are to be discussed at Tuesday’s planning and zoning commission meeting.

It starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the City Council Chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

Recreational marijuana

Sections have been added or changed to the existing medial marijuana regulations in two versions to be discussed.

READ: Pinal County supervisors address marijuana business regulations

Under a section for home cultivation of recreational marijuana, the city would require that:

  • Kitchen, bathrooms and primary bedroom(s) shall be used for their intended use and shall not be used primarily for residential marijuana processing, manufacturing or cultivation.
  • Cultivation shall be limited to a closet, room, greenhouse or other enclosed area on the grounds of the residence equipped with a lock or other security device that prevents access by minors.
  • Cultivation shall take place in an area where the marijuana plants are not visible from public view without using binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids.
  • Cultivation as part of a home-based occupation is not allowed.

Cargo containers

The commission is slated to discuss allowing cargo containers with an approved permit on single family residential zoned properties based on lot size, with 1.25-acres and larger lots OK to have a maximum container size of 8-foot-by-40-foot; and 8-foot-by-20-foot and 8-foot-by-10-foot the maximum sizes depending on the residential zone.

READ: Old shipping containers may get new life as storage for homes on less than 1.25 acres

Also, temporary- or emergency-use cargo containers may be permitted on lots with the previous approval of a permanent cargo container. The temporary cargo container shall meet setbacks, be the same size, color and comply with landscape screening as the permanent cargo container.

Land splits, other regulations

The commission is also to discuss master-planned community districts and proposed changes to the city’s land development code regarding subdivision and minor land division regulations; platting procedures and requirements; subdivision design principles and standards; and land splits/minor land divisions, lot line adjustments and lot combinations.

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