Planning commission endorses pot shop’s move to Curve Plaza
March 11, 2016
Steamboat Springs — A local pot shop is a step closer to being able to move into a more visible retail location on the west side of the city.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday voted 5-1 to endorse Natural Choice’s proposal to move from Downhill Plaza to Curve Plaza between Lil’ House Country Biscuits & Coffee and Arctic Liquor.
Commissioners recommended the approval despite the new location’s proximity to Bear River Park.
To protect underage children from being exposed to marijuana, city code prevents marijuana shops from being located within 1,000 feet of a park. The location in Curve Plaza is 899 feet, as the crow flies, from the park.
Commissioners agreed with city staff that because the walking and driving distances to the park are actually more than 3,000 feet, the location was suitable and the proposal met the intent of the code.
“Children and young adults aren’t going to be crows and fly directly to or from the park,” commissioner Martyn Kingston said. “This location is more optimum than the one they have now.”
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Commissioner George Eck voted against the move because of the proximity to the park.
“To me, the walking distance argument is a creative one, but it’s not holding water for me,” Eck said.
The recommendation goes to City Council for final consideration.