Economic Development Committee (Joint Public Hearing w/ PB)

Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 pm
via Zoom (link will be posted on the agenda)

PUBLIC HEARING

In accordance with Home Rule Charter, the Economic Development Committee and Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing on Tues., July 12, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom Remote Access: https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/97467565388?pwd=YzRCTHdBQW5kV0lETWgySWUvVGRtQT09 Meeting ID: 974 6756 5388, to consider the following proposed amendments to the Greenfield Zoning Ordinance:

  • Place a 1-year moratorium on all outdoor marijuana/cannabis cultivation facilities to allow the City time to study existing cultivation establishments and to undertake a planning process to consider amending the Zoning Ordinance regarding cultivation facilities in residential areas.
  • Motion: Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 94G, section 3 of the M.G.L., in order to impose reasonable safeguards on the operation of outdoor marijuana cultivations, and to restrict the licensed cultivation, processing and manufacturing of marijuana, the City of Greenfield hereby makes the following amendments to its Zoning Ordinance:

  • 1. Section 200-4.2 Rural Residential District (RC) section (C) Uses by special permit, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:

“(22) Marijuana cultivation limited to Tier 1 (5,000 square feet) pursuant to ~200-7.17”

  • 2. ~ 200-7.17. Marijuana Establishments is hereby further amended by adding at the end of section (B) 4 the following new language: “A marijuana outdoor cultivation is limited to Tier 1 (5,000 square feet) per license. No Person or Entity Having Direct or Indirect Control shall be granted, or hold, more than three licenses in a particular class. The maximum outdoor canopy permissible under all licenses for a single parcel is 15,000 sq. ft.”

The City Council may consider the same on Wed., August 17, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St. and Zoom Remote Access: https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/92501868150?pwd=cFY1VTZFZ2xlODVIRkxYSmxUUU1yQT09, Meeting ID: 925 0186 8150. Materials can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 14 Court Sq. by phone 413-772-1555, x. 6163 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri., or the Department of Planning and Development by phone at 413-772-1549 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Respectfully submitted,

Philip Elmer, Economic Development Committee Chairperson

Charles Roberts, Planning Board Chairperson

Posted to: City Council