The Aberdeen City Council got its first look at a proposed ordinance pertaining to medical cannabis establishments within the city limits.
The council reviewed the proposed ordinance during a work session Monday afternoon prior to the regular city council meeting. While members of the council shared their thoughts on details of the ordinance, one amendment was made and a second work session was set for Monday at 5:30 p.m.
The ordinance outlines where a cannabis dispensary, cultivating facility, manufacturing facility and a testing facility could be allowed. It also outlines requirements for obtaining state and local permitting.
According to the proposed ordinance, the facilities would be allowed on property zoned as a city industrial park or in an unrestricted industrial district. A dispensary would also be allowed in a highway commercial district.
Mayor Travis Schaunaman opened the discussion by asking why the downtown commercial district was omitted as a possible site option. The downtown business district is zoned central business, which is also a commercial district, but it is also zoned special density residential.
Planning and Zoning Director Brett Bill said downtown businesses weren’t interested and, if a residential buffer were included the restrictions, it would exclude the downtown business district. There are many apartments in the downtown core area.