Zoning amended for medical pot processing
If you want to produce medical marijuana, there’s a place in this area where it’s a legal use of property.
If you want to produce medical marijuana in East Marlborough, you’ve got a place in the township where it’s a legal use of property.
At their monthly meeting recently the township supervisors took up the question of zoning ordinance amendments that included providing medical marijuana production in the municipality’s limited industrial district.
Planning Commission Chair Cuyler Walker, who helped draft the ordinance, said once the state made medical marijuana production legal, the municipalities were required to provide for the use in their zoning.
“It seemed prudent to address it so it can also be appropriately regulated,” Walker said.
The zoning change specifically provides for creation of a growing and processing operation, Walker said. It does not recognize such an operation as an agricultural use. And the ordinance change provided for no sale of any marijuana product in the township, Walker added.
There were no questions about the zoning change from any board members or the public, and it was approved unanimously.
The supervisors also unanimously approved a change to the zoning ordinance to include strengthened riparian buffer provisions based on a new model from the Brandywine Conservancy, and added a property on West Street Road to the agricultural security area.
The supervisors also approved a conditional use order requested by the Longwood Land Bank LLC to build a proposed automated car-wash facility at the corner of Onix Drive and Schoolhouse Road.
Before they approved it, Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Hannum Jr. read a list of requirements for the project, many of which had to do with screening it from view. The supervisors said the building would not be visible from Route 1, and the actual operations would take place inside it, out of sight of the public.
The supervisors briefly discussed a draft budget for 2018 prepared by township Manager Laurie Prysock. Supervisor John Weer noted that the township’s assessed valuation had risen by several million dollars, with a projected increase in revenue of about 6.2 percent.
Hannum said he wanted to study the budget more closely before he commented on it. The budget would be advertised and posted on the township website within a few days, he said, and the supervisors would take it up at their December meeting.
Supervisor John Sarro gave a report about the township’s safety committee. He said he was still waiting for a revised proposal from Traffic Planning & Design, the township’s traffic engineers, on ways to increase pedestrian safety in Unionville.
Some attendees said Sarro should put more pressure on the firm to get them to move faster, and complained about traffic problems in the area and their belief the problems could be addressed sooner.
Both Sarro and Hannum responded that they were residents too and shared the concerns, but such efforts involved various legal and technical hurdles that took time to resolve.
The supervisors discussed various issues in the continuing construction of Unionville Park. They specifically discussed one area where park visitors could, with a great deal of difficulty maneuvering because of the brushy, wet terrain, wander onto private property. Township Engineer Jim Hatfield said closing up the fence in the area was complicated by an easement there.
Walker said the terrain was a natural barrier, and he and Hatfield said putting an unobtrusive sign nearby to warn visitors not to leave park property was a reasonable solution to begin with, since the situation had not yet created a problem.