2015 Marijuana News
In April 2015 Governor Inslee signed to law 2SSB 5052, that among other things, eliminated collective gardens and authorized the establishment of Liquor Control Board certified "cooperatives" in place of collective gardens as well as a number of other marijuana regulations that go into effect at different timelines.
In response to this the City has adopted a moratorium on cooperatives. Read more: Ordinance 3659 - Cooperative Moratorium
2014 Marijuana News
Following an extensive public process, on May 12, 2014 the Mount Vernon City Council approved Ordinance 3627 adopting specific development regulations pertaining to both recreational and medical marijuana uses in the City. The development regulations in Ordinance 3627 were subsequently modified with Ordinance 3642 adopted months later to address residential uses with the C-L zone.
The development regulations that Ordinance 3627 put into place allow these marijuana uses only in the City’s Commercial-Limited Industrial (C-L) zoning district.
Following the adoption of the above-referenced development regulations in the C-L district staff became concerned that an applicant could locate marijuana uses within existing residential neighborhoods that exist in the C-L zoning district.
In response to this concern, on June 4, 2014 the Mount Vernon City Council approved Ordinance 3631; adopting interim land use regulations and official controls pursuant to RCW 35A.63.220 and RCW 36.70A.390 amending Ordinance 3627 by prohibiting all marijuana uses in existing residential neighborhoods until the City had time to study the potential effects, and complete a public process to potentially adopt amended development regulations to address impacts that are identified.
A public hearing was held on November 4, 2014 before the City's Planning Commission. The Mount Vernon City Council also held public hearings on November 12 and December 3, 2014 to discuss permanent development regulations to address uses that would be allowed in the existing residential neighborhoods staff has identified in the C-L zone.
Following these meeting the City Council adopted development regulations pertaining to marijuana uses within the C-L zone where existing residential uses are. Please see Ordinance 3642 for these additional regulations.
Following is a link to additional information on this subject: City Council Marijuana Information Packets.
Questions or comments can be sent to:
Community & Economic Development Department
Attention: Rebecca Lowell
P.O. Box 809 / 910 Cleveland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273