Four proposed marijuana businesses received special land use and site plan approval on Wednesday in a special public hearing by the Township of Monroe Charter Planning Commission.
The commission unanimously agreed to grant special land use and site plan approval to Anna Sloan, LLC and Telkaif, LLC for their marijuana producer project at 15600 South Telegraph Road; TC MI Ann Arbor 2, LLC and the marijuana supply hub offered by Party Stop Inc. at 1118 South Telegraph Road; the supply center offered by UM1, LLC and Monroe Premier Plaza Inc. at 14750 LaPlaisance Road; and the Adult Supply Center and Retailer offered by Brian Toma and Cepo, LLC at 15530 South Telegraph Road.
Consideration of the special approval of a land use / site plan for a marijuana supply center and adult retailer to be located at 1510 W. 7th Street, which was made payable to day of the special hearing, was filed until the December meeting of the commission, at the request of the owners of the proposed business.
Wednesday’s hearing was held at 5 p.m. because the commission expected it to last a long time, as happened in several of its recent meetings regarding potential cannabis companies. . But only a handful of residents attended the session, and only a few took turns on the podium to urge the commission to reject the proposals.
Mary Straub said she was “totally opposed … to each (any of these companies)”
“The Township of Monroe is a small township, why are (these companies) coming together in our township? Straub asked. “The town of Monroe doesn’t want it, Frenchtown doesn’t want it, Erie doesn’t want it; what attracts these people to our municipality? We don’t need it, we don’t want it, and that would be detrimental to the way of life of our community. “
Marjorie Cramer expressed concern about the potential odors that could be produced by these facilities.
“If you’ve ever smelled any of these things, they smell like a skunk,” she said. “We don’t want that smell in our town. If this is approved and the odors are not controlled, my question is, what kind of control will this commune have… for everyone? “
Kim Fortner, zoning officer for the township, said the township nuisance ordinance will be how it controls any potential odor issues among marijuana businesses.
“The nuisance ordinance is written quite vague, basically if it interferes with a reasonable person’s right to tranquility, we consider it to be contrary to the ordinance,” said Fortner. “The odor control plan that these establishments have given states that there will be no odor outside the buildings, so if you smell anything let us know and we can enforce the ordinance on them. nuisances … “
Regional vice president of local farm finance company GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Erin DuBois, submitted a letter to the planning committee opposing the five proposals that were considered on Wednesday. GreenStone has a branch at 15615 S. Telegraph Rd.
“… This special land use stands in stark contrast to the current physical environment of the region’s business objectives,” DuBois wrote. “The general nature of this area as it has evolved is far removed from any form of medical or retail establishment related to marijuana and other related recreational products. Creating a special zoning for a medical or recreational marijuana supply center would expand a use that is not normally seen in that area, or does it match the description of what the owners have valued with their major investments in that area? from the community of Monroe … “
Commissioner John Manor reminded residents that the Planning Commission is “very restricted” on how it reviews proposals, as it must view them strictly in terms of whether businesses “operate within the framework of our zoning and our ordinances as they exist “.
“We are not allowed to make personal or emotional decisions as to whether or not to approve them,” Manor said. “We’re here to determine if they’re legally within the ordinances and zoning limits that we currently have for our township. We appreciate where many of you are coming from, but frankly we’re very limited as to whether we approve or not approve these, with regard to the recommendations of the planning (of the township) (department) and of the engineers …
“The city council of elected officials that you elect can absolutely make arbitrary decisions, vote yes or no on things without having to cite a legal precedent as to why they do it. However, in a commission, we are bound by the rules and regulations. , and the zoning that we have this. “
Representatives from three of the four companies that received approval on Wednesday spoke at the public hearing, with all three saying they would comply with all recommendations, ordinances and other regulations set out by the township.
Greg Van Wynn, director of asset management and acquisitions for TC MI, said odor control is a top priority for his company as it seeks to establish a supply hub for medical marijuana.
“We will make it compulsory within our establishment not to let any odor come out of our establishment,” he said. “… The building will be completely under a slight negative pressure, so no smell will be able to leave our establishment. We take this opportunity very seriously, we are here to be a positive addition to this community and to be part of the business community here in Monroe Township. Personally, I will take this as a task for me to get involved with the other operators and licensees in this unit, to create a guild to see where we can come together to make positive investments with our time and energy and efforts in the community.
“We can’t wait to move forward.”
Neither Brian Toma nor any other representative of Cepo, LLC spoke or appeared to be present when their application was reviewed and ultimately approved. Manor has requested that a letter or email be sent to the entity asking them to do their utmost to be present and on time at any future hearing or meeting regarding the proposed business.
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