No [Legal] Pot Sales in Snoqualmie
On Monday, March 14, 2016, the Snoqualmie City Council voted unanimously to ban the sale and manufacturing of legalized marijuana within the city limits.
In Februrary, after holding multiple public hearings on the topic, the city’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend the council consider the ban.
When asked about council’s vote, Council Member Brad Toft said, “This was not a decision about use. This was a business decision for the city. Unfortunately there is no equity in the revenue allocation between the state and city when it comes to marijuana sales. Snoqualmie is a small city, and given that fact, one business can have a significant impact on our local identity.
Toft added, “To maintain that identity, the decision was made not to allow production or sales in town.”
State Hits Pause on North Bend’s Move to Ban Truck Town Expansion
Meanwhile, a few miles east, the North Bend City Council was set to vote on permanent city municipal code amendments that would ban any expansion of Truck Town or the addition of a new truck stop in the I-90 exit 34 area.
The North Bend planning commission voted last month recommending the council move ahead with a permanent ban – replacing the interim city amendments that had been blocking any expansion for the past few years. Those interim amendments were put in place in 2013 after the city determined an expansion was not in its best interest.
According to the city council agenda bill, “Truck stops provide little economic benefit to the City and continue to have significant adverse impacts to traffic, air quality and city infrastructure.”
North Bend Truck Town is currently the only truck stop remaining in King County and over the years council members have expressed frustration over not being included in larger freight planning discussions. During 2016 state legislative session, though, lawmakers appropriated $100,000 to help with the impact of trucks on North Bend streets.
Even with the planning commissions recommendation to adopt the interim amendments as permanent, the council was not able to vote on the issue at its March 15th meeting as those amendments require review by the state Department of Commerce.
The amendments were submitted to the state on January 27th – and on February 9th North Bend requested that the review be expedited, but that request was denied.
The Department of Commerce has 60 days to perform the review before the council can take final action on the permanent regulations – and the state seemingly wanted the full time allotment.
The council will revisit the planning commission’s recommendation to ban a truck town expansion at their April 5th meeting – and the interim regulations preventing the expansion are being extended while the Department of Commerce finishes its review.