Community members gather in the Summit Board of County Commissioners meeting room in the Summit County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 12, for the board’s regular meeting. Community members were waiting to comment on a license for a proposed marijuana dispensary near Keystone.
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There’s no dispensary coming to Keystone.
The Summit Board of County Commissioners voted to reject the retail marijuana license for The Tree Line dispensary in the Keystone area during its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12. The license was denied in a split 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence dissenting.
Applicant Zack Becker and his family proposed to build a 1,200-square-foot dispensary at the corner of U.S. Highway 6 and Rasor Drive, adjacent to the Mountain View Plaza and in close proximity to nearby residential neighborhoods.
The Summit County Planning Department rejected the initial application for a retail marijuana license last month, citing its perceived incompatibility with the nearby neighborhoods. The Becker family appealed the decision to the Board of County Commissioners, but the board ultimately decided to ax the concept due in large part to strong opposition from residents in the area.
“As we look at the different issues before us today, the application on appeal does present challenges to the public health and safety in the immediate area, and as we’ve seen, (there’s) opposition from the majority of the … adult inhabitants in the immediate neighborhood,” Commissioner Josh Blanchard said about his decision. “Clearly, we can look at some of the issues brought forth, but as a summary, those are the two key takeaways.”
Senior planner Sid Rivers kicked off the meeting, noting that county staff was again recommending the board reject the license because the application