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