Shelburne hearing to cover pot bylaws

  • In this Feb. 17, 2016 photo, plants grow at the home of Jeremy Nickle, in his backyard in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nickel, who owns Hawaiian Holy Smokes and is applying for a dispensary, grows a variety of strains and has a medical marijuana card. Those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii face unique obstacles in a state of islands separated by federal waters. (AP Photo/Marina Riker) Marina Riker

Recorder Staff
Monday, February 12, 2018

SHELBURNE — Residents will soon have the opportunity to share their thoughts on proposed zoning bylaw changes to do with marijuana establishments .

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s town hall meeting room on propositions for the Zoning Bylaw Use Table. The changes may be voted on at the annual town meeting this spring.

The proposal for marijuana-related businesses basically restricts them from “village residential” zoning areas, but allows them by special permit in most other zoning regions. These definitions, from the state Cannabis Control Commission, include: craft marijuana cultivator cooperative; independent testing laboratory; marijuana cultivator; product manufacturer; medical marijuana treatment center; micro-business and research facility. “Social consumption operations” — places licensed to sell single servings of marijuana to consumers for use on the premises — would not be allowed in residential and industrial-zoned areas — only in “village commercial” and “commercial” parts of town, via special permit.

Other revisions include the following:

mobile home parks would no longer be allowed by special permit in residential-agricultural or village-residential areas.

commercial greenhouses on lots of 5 acres or more would require special permits in village residential and commercial areas.

businesses with more than 3,000 square feet of enclosed space and veterinarians would not be allowed in the village-residential areas by special permit; nor would quarrying, gravel and earth removal. Also, commercial electric generating facilities would not be allowed by special permit in village-residential areas.

The size of “large-scale ground-mounted solar electric generating installations” is being expanded from a maximum of 10 acres to 20 acres.

A second public hearing on the revisions will be held at the Planning Board meeting on March 14. Also, residents may send written comments to the Planning Board or by email at: planning@townofshelburnema.gov

A copy of the proposed bylaw is available for review in the town clerk’s office, or on the town’s website: townofshelburne.com