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Dartmouth planners propose increasing pot cultivation region

DARTMOUTH — The Planning Board Monday night agreed to publish to the selectmen a Town Meeting citizen petition article that would permit marijuana cultivation and product production in the general business district.

Planning Board Chair Lori-Ann Miller advised the board the primary question it needed to answer became whether or not it became comfortable increasing marijuana cultivation centers from just being allowed inside the industrial district to going into wellknown commercial enterprise zones as nicely.

Fellow board contributors Stephen Taylor and Kevin Melo stated they noticed it as an exchange so one can advantage the town, given that the city receives effect costs from the income of such an operation.

Attorney Richard Burke, representing the lead petitioner, Casco Botanical, defined the employer is considering constructing an indoor marijuana cultivation facility, not a retail operation, in town, possibly on land now occupied via the Dartmouth Indoor Tennis Club off of State Road (Route 6). Casco presently operates marijuana cultivation sites in Maine.

The Planning Board’s approval vote blanketed a recommendation that metropolis suggests work with the petitioners to refine the language of the zoning bylaw change, which could be endorsed via voters on the fall Town Meeting.

Chairperson Miller cited the Planning Board itself can not amend the language of the object because it is a citizen’s petition. The Select Board, also, will only be capable of proposing the thing for inclusion at the fall Town Meeting warrant. A special permit would still be required.

The board Monday additionally accepted submitting to the selectmen a Town Meeting citizens petition article that could delete “vehicular easement lines” necessities from the zoning bylaw governing setbacks. A third article that changed into stated the Select Board, proposed by way of the Planning Board itself, would amend open space conservation requirements and application processes under the Open Space Residential Design zoning bylaw.

Leah Leonard
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