Public Hearing on Draft Cannabis Business Standards

Past event
Mar 23, 2023, 7 to 8:45 PM

The Charlotte Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at Town Hall in Charlotte to hear public comments on proposed amendments to the Charlotte Land Use Regulations (LURs) regarding standards for permitting and regulating cannabis businesses in Charlotte. The public is invited to join this conversation. We want to hear from residents with feedback on the proposed rules.

The State has mandated that all aspects of cannabis production be classified as businesses, including most cannabis cultivation. As a business, it must comply with Land Use Regulations, similar to other businesses in Town. In late November, the Selectboard appointed themselves as the Local Cannabis Control Commission with authority to license cannabis businesses before the State permit is issued. Per state statute, cannabis businesses are now subject to local permitting. However, Charlotte's current zoning bylaws do not address or define specific requirements for cannabis businesses. Hence the need to update them.

The proposed amendments to the Charlotte Land Use Regulations drafted by the Planning Commission to be discussed at this hearing include:
(A) Updates to dimensional standards, conditional uses in several zoning districts, and to general standards of Charlotte's Land Use Regulations.
(B) Specific review and performance standards for permitting cannabis businesses.
(C) New definitions of various types of cannabis businesses and uses.

The proposed LURs revisions, a User's Guide, and a detailed report on how the proposed changes comply with State Statute and the Town Plan, are available on the Town website at:{6486B83D-0E62-4448-85B2-33D20E1ABB39}. The public hearing warning and meeting agenda, which includes a Zoom login link for those who prefer to participate remotely, has been posted to the town website's 'Meeting Calendar and Agendas' page, linked under the meeting date.

If you cannot attend this hearing, you may submit comments in writing to Town Planner, Charlotte Town Hall, 159 Ferry Rd., Charlotte, VT 05445, or electronically via email to the address above. For more information, see the Charlotte News article published here:[...]23/.

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