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Avon nixes pot shops

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – The idea of pot shops hasn’t taken root in Avon.

On Tuesday, town council officially banned medical marijuana dispensaries in Avon.

The law prohibits business licenses for medical marijuana shops. The ordinance also requires medical marijuana patients to comply with state licensing requirements in order to possess or use medical marijuana legally in Avon.

No medical marijuana shops are currently operating in town.

In other news, Avon council had been considering requiring booting companies to accept credit cards payments. On Tuesday, council abandoned that rule. Some council members argued that the town does not accept credit cards, so it should not force another business to do so. Earlier, some council members had argued that people who get a boot on their car because they broke the town’s parking laws should not face the added hassle of having to scramble for cash, sometimes in the middle of the night. The council will require booting companies to provide the phone number of the property owner authorizing the boot.

In other news, a developer has submitted a sketch plan for the vacant Pizza Hut building on Nottingham Road. Dominic Mauriello, an Avon-based planning consultant for the project, said the developer plans to tear down the roughly 3,000-square-foot Pizza Hut and replace it with a building roughly the same size. Mauriello said he expects the developer to plan a “retail or restaurant use” for the building.

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He said the developer is GPI LLC based in Eagle County. Mauriello said he expects the plan to come up at the next town council meeting.

In other news, a proposed new development code for the town met with concerns from several local builders and architects. Town council members said they have been working on the code for two years. As of about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night, town staff were still involved in a lengthy discussion on the code and a public hearing was pending after the discussion.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.