Aberdeen looks to approve downtown retail of marijuana

The city of Aberdeen took a step closer to allowing a marijuana store downtown last night, the council adopted a report from the Planning Commission recommending that retail sales be permitted in both General and Downtown Commercial zones.
Councilwoman Margo Short said the report also recommends production, processing, and sale be permitted in both industrial zones, she told the council before adoption of the report “Right now all we’re doing is accepting the report, which if you read carefully, considers four zones.

A public hearing will be held March 12th before an ordinance is brought before the council.

Hoquiam extends moratorium on marijuana – public hearing planned, not scheduled

The City of Hoquiam last night again extended their moratorium on medical Marijuana collective gardens, as well as a 6 month hold on the processing, production, or retail of the substance. Councilman Paul McMillain said it was only a technicality of sorts “We need to extend it, our other ordinance is going to end at the end of this month and we do not have anything ready.”
The council first enacted a moratorium on the dispensaries in April of 2011, adopting extensions every 6 months since, with plans to develop zoning regulations to accommodate both business models.
The council took a step in that direction last night, referring both matters to the Land Use Hearing Examiner to hold a public hearing on zoning regulations, details on that meeting are pending.
At their last meeting in January, the council adopted a planning commission report recommending they place all marijuana related businesses in the city’s industrial zone, with an amendment suggested by McMillain that the city not authorize any activity until it is federally legal.

Hoquiam looks to ban all marijuana business until it’s federally legal

The Hoquiam city council last night took one step closer to a ban on all marijuana businesses. Councilman Paul McMillan amended their planning commission report that recommended all marijuana processing, producing, and retailing businesses be located in the city’s industrial zones. “Until federal law is amended to permit the growing, distribution, and possession of marijuana, or until a court of competent jurisdiction determines that local governments in Washington state may permit such uses, the city of Hoquiam will adhere to federal law and will not authorize these activities.”
City council adopted the amended report, with “no” votes from councils Ben Winkleman and Jasmine Dickoff. Mayor Jack Durney also recommended that council Richard Pennant recuse himself from the vote and conversation as he admitted that he has applied for a business license.
The report also recommends prohibiting all collective gardens within city limits. It will now be moved on to their land use hearing examiner, and will come back to the council in the form of a proposed ordinance in the coming month.

Aberdeen Planning Commission Seeks Input on Comprehensive Land Use Plan

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The City of Aberdeen Planning Commission will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion.

Add to google calendarThe Planning Commission is in the process of updating the City’s 2001 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a record of our common vision and goals serving as guidelines for future land use decisions that affect us all.

The Planning Commission is currently focusing on the downtown and waterfront elements.

We want to hear from you. Has our vision and goals changed since 2001? What policies should be reexamined? What value is placed on our shared downtown and waterfront? What would we like to see in the next five, ten or twenty years? Should we build more waterfront trails? What type of public spaces should we promote in our downtown and on our waterfront?

There will also be discussion concerning the proposed Seaport Landing.

Business Owners Say No to HWY12, SR101 Move

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Public Opinion seemed to be a resounding “no” at a meeting of the Aberdeen Planning Commission to discuss a possible move of Highway 12 and State Route 101 to market street. Councilwoman Kathy Hoder told the board “I absolutely do not like this idea.”
Public works Director Larry Bledsoe was tasked with designing the change, and admitted that with the State’s budget woes, and an estimate of 10 to 15 million dollar cost “it’s not gonna happen in the next few years.”
The idea came from a Pheonix of the Aberdeen Revitilation Movement, called Our Aberdeen, Mike Dickerson a representative of the group said he has seen similar changes in other cities open up downtown districts and improve commerce.

Aberdeen to Discuss Moving Highways, and Long Term Sawmill Plans

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen Planning Commission is holding a public meeting this Thursday to discuss various land use issues including an open discussion on the feasability of moving a portion of State Route 12 and US Highway 101, and the recently-proposed long range plan for the Weyerhaeuser Sawmill property as presented by the South Aberdeen Waterfront Committee. The meeting will be at 7pm, on the third floor of Aberdeen city hall.

City of Hoquiam Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing

The City of Hoquiam Planning Commission will wrap up the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan update process with a Public Hearing scheduled for April 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The Hoquiam Planning Commission invites the community to attend this important public hearing to consider the Draft Zoning Ordinance and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The city recognizes that a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan and revised zoning ordinance is a much needed tool for implementing many of the recommendations received from citizens expressed during the Hometown Hoquiam workshops. Also, with substantial new development occurring on the horizon, Hoquiam needs the community to provide guidance in what they want to preserve or change regarding the physical design of our community to continue making Hoquiam such a special place to live.

The April 15th meeting wraps up the process that the Planning Commission has initiated to create an overall vision for the future development of Hoquiam. Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the draft plan at the Public Hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Planner, 609 8th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550 and must be received by the City Planner no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2010. The draft is available for public review in the Public Works office at City Hall, and is also available online at www.cityofhoquiam.com/planning.php

Contigious Consolidation for Hoquiam Property Owners (1+1=1 bigger)

Johnson explained to Councilman Greg Grund; that property owners have contacted him with a second lot that they would like to build a garage on, and are unable to under the current city code. [in the attacked audio]

The Draft ordinance now goes to the planning commission, which was asked at the meeting to get back to the council soon on this matter.