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September 26, 2013
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Input sought on Eagle County retail marijuana business regulations

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County is seeking input on a draft amendment to its land use regulations which would allow retail marijuana businesses to operate in certain zone districts within unincorporated Eagle County. The amendment is available for review online at www.eagle county.us/planning under “Active Land Use Applications” or in person at the county’s Community Development Department, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle.

The passage of Amendment 64 by voters in November made legal the cultivation, possession and use of limited amounts of recreational marijuana by adults 21 years or older. To comply with state legislation, the county must act to either approve or prohibit the establishment of retail marijuana businesses within its jurisdiction.

The county’s proposed regulations would make these businesses allowable within specified areas of the Commercial Limited and Commercial General zone districts, which are the same areas approved in 2010 for medical marijuana businesses. Currently, there are four medical marijuana businesses operating within those areas.

The amendment is scheduled for consideration by three separate boards on the following dates:

• Wednesday: Eagle County Planning Commission meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Eagle County Building. The item is listed second on the agenda.

• Thursday: Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at the El Jebel Community Center. The retail marijuana amendment is the only item on the agenda.

• Oct. 29: Board of Commissioners meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Eagle County Building. A time for the item is yet to be determined.

Interested community members are encouraged to attend any or all public hearings on the matter. Questions or written comments can be directed to Senior Planner Scot Hunn at scot.hunn@eaglecounty.us.

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