The Camas City Council voted last night to extend a zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of marijuana production, processing and retail sales facilities.
The moratorium gives city staff time to “review and determine the local implications of the state rules, and to assess impacts and potential liabilities under federal law, and to determine an appropriate regulatory framework under those laws.” The moratorium is an extension of the one put into place in November 2013.
The ordinance includes a work plan that sets a public hearing for Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, providing an opportunity for the City Council to hear citizen opinions pertaining to the retail sale, as well as growing, harvesting and processing of marijuana in Camas.
City staff will develop a list of several zoning options for city council to consider with the goal of adopting a regulatory ordinance by early October, prior to the new moratorium’s expiration on Oct. 21.
“I know that there is probably frustration with continuing a moratorium with people who just want us to take care of it right now,” said Councilwoman Shannon Turk. “I believe this moratorium is necessary because of the additional community input that we are seeking, and we hopefully will receive [on May 19]. I think the dates that are outlined in the work plan are fantastic, they give us clear direction on what we hope to accomplish on what dates. I think this could be the last moratorium that we have to move forward.”