GOVERNMENT

Planning commission to consider updates to marijuana facility zoning regulations

Meeting set for 6 p.m. Oct. 14

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 10/13/20

The Goodyear Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 14 on a staff request to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to include recreational marijuana facilities if voters approve Prop. 207 on Tuesday, Nov. 3, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state.

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GOVERNMENT

Planning commission to consider updates to marijuana facility zoning regulations

Meeting set for 6 p.m. Oct. 14

Posted

The Goodyear Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 14 on a staff request to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to include recreational marijuana facilities if voters approve Prop. 207 on Tuesday, Nov. 3, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state.

The meeting in Goodyear Municipal Court and Council Chambers, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite 101, will begin at 6 p.m. It is open to the public, but those who wish to watch from home can do so at goodyear.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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According to a staff report, following passage of the Medical Marijuana Initiative, the City Council voted in January 2011 to adopt an ordinance establishing zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities, permitting medical marijuana facilities in the Light Industrial and General Industrial zoning districts subject to specific separation standards and development standards. There is one medical marijuana facility in the city, Valley of the Sun Medical at 16200 W. Eddie Albert Way, operating as both a dispensary and cultivation facility.

The city has the ability to prohibit all marijuana establishments or to limit them to dual licensees. To allow Goodyear’s residents access to marijuana products without the need for a prescription staff is proposing to allow for dual facilities, that is a marijuana establishment that is co-located with a medical marijuana dispensary and/or medical marijuana cultivation location, which are being defined as marijuana dual facilities, according to the staff report.

If Prop. 207 does not pass, the updated ordinance would not take effect.

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Commissioners also will conduct public hearings and be asked to consider recommending that the City Council approve:

  • A request by LM & SONS IV LLC for use permit to build a single-story, 4,000-square-foot Federico’s drive-thru restaurant and retail space on .895 acre on the northeast corner of PebbleCreek Parkway and Harvard Street. The project also calls for 48 parking spaces, more than double the number required.
  • A request by Communities Southwest Inc. to rezone 153.66 acres at the northwest corner of Estrella Parkway at Ellwood Street from Sun-DS Farms PAD Amendment to Avion at Ballpark Village PAD. The change will allow for smaller residential lot sizes, and set aside 17 acres within the development for business and commerce uses.
  • A request by Kaplan Development Group to rezone 9.33 acres at the northeast corner of PebbleCreek Parkway and Monte Vista Road to allow the company to develop District at Civic Square, a multifamily housing project with up to 39 units per acre. According to a staff report, it would feature 352 units around a resort-style pool and would be the first apartment community in Goodyear with four-story buildings.
  • A request by staff to amend Article 7 (Sign Regulations) and Article 9 (Special Districts) of the city’s zoning ordinance to allow the use of electronic message displays on monument signs within Goodyear’s commercial and industrial zoning districts.

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