By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Plans for a medical marijuana grower are on hold while Keizer City Councilors continue to go through their process.
For the past several months, councilors have been discussing potential restrictions and rules concerning such facilities. The issue is expected to be brought up again at the next council meeting on Oct. 6.
In the spring, a moratorium on such facilities was established until May 2015, though councilors can move that date forward if they feel sufficient rules are in place.
“Medical marijuana today is not permitted in Keizer,” senior planner Sam Litke said this week.
Litke said the city has received one request so far for a medical marijuana dispensary, on River Road.
“Council adopted the permit process,” Litke said. “It would have to be in commercial or industrial zones. Where they were allowed was identified. State law allows it there. The request on River Road was on land currently zoned for retail.”
Last week, Gordon Hagglund applied for a permit to establish a use as a marijuana grower. The site address is 3585 Cherry Avenue NE.
Hagglund said he applied on behalf of someone who wants to use Hagglund’s building at Cherry and Cade Street.
“It’s a new business park,” Hagglund said. “I own the building. It’s all in limbo right now with the medical marijuana issue. We’re not sure what is happening right now. The people leasing from me are in limbo. It fits the zone for drug products and agricultural zone.”
Hagglund noted he is a bit disappointed with the delay.
“The city is throwing up a bit of a roadblock,” he said. “It’s a little bit of a surprise. It seems better to get ahead of it instead of being reactive. It’s coming, but you’d think they’d be more proactive than reactive.”
Nate Brown, the director of Community Development for Keizer who has been among the key people working on the city’s medical marijuana policies, confirmed the delay.
“The Hagglund permit is on hold until we get the zoning figured out,” Brown said.