The Sherman Planning and Zoning Fee mentioned no Tuesday evening to a allow request for a brand new smoke and vape store in Sherman.
In a vote of 4 to 2, the fee denied a request for a particular use allow for a a Durant-based tobacco store that’s seeking to broaden into the Sherman market. The denial got here amid opposition from neighboring property house owners and the store’s proximity to a Sherman Unbiased College District campus.
Mariela Diaz spoke on behalf of I Fly Smoke and Vape, which sought to open a brand new location at 115 N. Sundown Blvd. The Durant-based tobacco retailer chain present operates a number of places in Oklahoma.
Paperwork for Tuesday’s assembly listed the shop’s merchandise as together with. “a big selection of the best tobacco merchandise, cigars, CBD merchandise, vape merchandise and provides.”
Members of the fee requested concerning the merchandise that might be offered, together with objects that might be used for issues exterior of tobacco. Diaz mentioned different shops within the chain do promote water pipes and glass pipes.
The fee acquired two letters in opposition to the brand new retailer. The primary letter was from David M. Sroufe, representing the close by Dairy Queen.
“We perceive that our metropolis want to welcome extra companies,” Sroufe mentioned. “Nevertheless, we do not want extra of “this type of” enterprise in our space.”
Sherman ISD additionally opposed the brand new location because the strip mall that the shop can be in is inside 200 ft of a college campus.
“Sherman ISD’s place on tobacco and vape shops inside 200 ft of property owned by the district can be the identical as alcohol gross sales,” the district wrote in a letter to the fee. “… Our rationale is that the merchandise offered at these institutions are listed as prohibited objects in our pupil code of conduct and worker handbook.
“We additionally imagine that the exercise in and round these institutions could also be detrimental to high school tradition.”
The proximity to the college additionally posed one other query for each the applicant and metropolis officers. Present guidelines don’t permit for the promoting of tobacco merchandise inside 200 ft of a college. The fee was unsure if this may embody signage for the shop itself.
When put a vote, the fee denied the allow request in a vote of 4 to 2. Nevertheless, Diaz requested metropolis workers the method for interesting the choice, which might take it earlier than the Sherman Metropolis Council.