PLANNING COMMISSION TAKING PUBLIC TESTIMONY - SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET & MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

The Planning Commission will be taking testimony concerning the following items during their next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 989 Broadway, Seaside:

 

• Amendment to the Seaside Farmer’s Market Variance 15-001V:  A request by Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District (SEPRD) to expand the permitted sale items associated with the Seaside Farmers Market outdoor merchandising variance.  The original approval allowed the number of sales to exceed the limits in Section 5.100, 4, B and permit three hour sales on Wednesdays for 16 consecutive weeks during the summer months. Sale items were restricted to unprocessed or minimally processed, natural foods such as meats, cheeses, breads, fruits, and vegetables, in a farmers’ market style setting.  Products had to be unique to the outdoor, open market style setting and not simply duplicate prepackaged products regularly offered for sale in conventional grocery retailers in Seaside.  SEPRD is asking that vendors now be allowed to sell prepared food cooked on site and no more than 20% of the vendors be able to sell arts & craft items at the event.  The event will be located at 1315 Broadway at the American Legion’s west parking lot & landscaped area (6 10 22BC TL 1400, 1500, 1600). The property is zoned Medium Density Residential (R-2).

 

• Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:   Consideration of potential zoning or use regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.  Although the current Code of Seaside prohibits the licensing of such facilities, the Commission will be taking public testimony concerning any additional zoning or use restrictions that should be considered if the licensing restrictions are lifted by City Council.  Oregon State law provides for a number of restrictions for medical marijuana dispensaries; however, City ordinance does not currently recognize any of these use restrictions and the Commission will be hearing public comments concerning any additional regulations that may be appropriate for allowing such use.

 

The meeting is open to the public and all interested parties are encouraged to attend and offer public testimony concerning the above referenced items.