“They didn’t think a moratorium was essential," Avon Town Planner Steven Kushner said.
A moratorium would have enacted a temporary ban blocking medical marijuana facilities from moving in. It's a means many towns are using to bide time for researching the new state regulations and drafting its own zoning rules on a municipal level for dispensaries and production plants.
But Kushner said that the commissioners did not foresee review of the new regulations to be complicated in Avon. They have instructed him to research possible areas in town where a medical marijuana facility would go and work on a draft for suggested regulations.
For instance, just like towns have laws about how close a liquor store can be to certain places like schools, Kushner said many similar considerations may come into place with a medical marijuana facility. A special permit would likely be needed to open one in Avon.
“There is no one that is locating such a facility in Avon that we’re aware of," he said.
Farmington has gotten one inquiry, but no application has been submitted, according to Farmington planning officials.Right off the bat, Kushner said that the most likely locations for medical marijuana facilities in Avon would be in industrial zones. Avon currently has three industrial zones – Avon Park North, Avon Park South and off of Sandscreen Road.
And those zones have limited vacant space for a medical marijuana facility. Given that the state is looking to start off granting three licenses and has 169 towns to choose from, Kushner conjectures that the chances of one coming to Avon are slim.
Commissioners also discussed how medical marijuana facilities will be regulated highly, even more so than production plants for medicines and pharmacies. Kushner said that while the type of facility "has some special concerns," there will heightened "security procedures" including chain-link fencing around the building.
He said that the commission is acknowledging that fact as the state is doing the same.