The Westbrook Zoning Fee voted on Sept. 25 to increase a moratorium on retail marijuana purposes for an additional six months. The transfer will give the fee time to review the consequences of a retail marijuana retailer that’s anticipated to open early subsequent yr.
In July, the fee voted to approve an software from the fee itself for a six-month moratorium that stops new purposes associated to retail hashish gross sales on the town. At a gathering on Sept. 25, commissioners voted to increase the moratorium one other six months, efficient Feb. 17, 2024. The earlier moratorium is ready to run out Feb. 18., 2024.
Zoning Fee Chairman Harry Ruppenicker mentioned that he believed the operators of a retail marijuana retailer set to open at 755 Boston Street are concentrating on a February or March 2024 opening. By extending the moratorium, Ruppenicker mentioned he hoped the fee would have extra time to review the consequences in town of that retailer opening.
Earlier in 2023, former Westbrook Zoning Enforcement Officer Steve Hnatuk defined the reasoning for the moratorium.
“The applying for the moratorium was requested by the Zoning Fee. It’ll enable the fee time to judge the potential impacts of not too long ago permitted hashish retailers within the City of Westbrook and the State of Connecticut and permit the chance to analyze potential revisions to the present rules ought to they be essential.”
The fee permitted extending the moratorium by a vote of 4 to 1. Vince Gentile (D) was the lone fee member to vote towards the appliance. Gentile was additionally the one member to not vote for approving the unique moratorium in July. Fee member George Pytlik, Jr. abstained from the vote.
Final yr, BUDR Holding 3 LLC was permitted to open a retail marijuana store at 755 Boston Submit Street. The property proprietor is listed as 755 Boston Submit Rd LLC. In line with data, Nancy Pytlik owns the LLC, and the listed agent is George Pytlik. George Pytlik Jr., an alternate member of the Zoning Fee, has familial connections to the LLC’s possession however will not be immediately affiliated with it. Pytlik Jr. was not seated throughout discussions on the BUDR software and couldn’t vote.
The prospect of the retail marijuana retailer opening has been a supply of controversy for near a yr.
In July 2022, the Zoning Fee debated new zoning rules for retail hashish gross sales, and the members tried a number of instances to solicit public opinion. That included holding public hearings and conducting a group survey. Nevertheless, the Zoning Fee acquired little or no suggestions on the subject and permitted the rules to permit retail marijuana by particular allow within the neighborhood business, turnpike interchange, industrial, and lightweight industrial districts with little fanfare.
Nevertheless, within the fall of 2022, BUDR Holding 3 LLC filed the appliance to open a retail hashish retailer at 755 Boston Submit Street, and issues modified.
Throughout two public hearings regarding that software, the overwhelming majority of audio system who got here in individual had been towards the appliance. Residents voiced considerations about elevated visitors, concern of elevated crime, and a unfavourable popularity for the city. Social media feedback, then again, had been extra receptive to the appliance being permitted.
Regardless of the outcry from residents, the fee permitted the appliance from BUDR in January. Shortly after that approval, a bunch of residents filed an attraction of the choice in Middletown Superior Court docket.
That courtroom case remains to be pending, per the state’s judicial web site.