Steamboat Planning Commission to consider ordinance allowing more marijuana dispensaries |

Steamboat Planning Commission to consider ordinance allowing more marijuana dispensaries

Steamboat Springs City Council has sent an ordinance, which would allow unlimited recreational marijuana license in the city, to the Planning Commission. (File photo by John F. Russell)
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that would allow more recreational marijuana dispensaries in city limits.

After three Steamboat Springs City Council work sessions discussing the framework to allow for more dispensaries in city limits, the ordinance will go before Planning Commission at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Citizen’s Meeting Room in Centennial Hall. It is scheduled to go before City Council on May 7.

The ordinance would allow for unlimited licenses, though a rule limiting pot stores from building within 1,500 feet of one another would limit how many new dispensaries could actually open their doors.

Council directed city staff to amend the code with the following changes:

  • Reducing the allowed area between dispensaries and schools and parks buffers from 1,000 to 500 feet. This distance would be measured using a route of direct pedestrian access.
  • Limit marijuana stores from being located within 1,500 feet of one another.
  • Allow dispensaries in lots adjacent to areas zoned for residential properties.
  • Allow marijuana stores in areas near the Steamboat Resort base area and some downtown zone districts. Dispensaries would be allowed on numbered side streets, Yampa and Oak in downtown.

In public comment in work sessions so far, representatives of Steamboat dispensaries advocated to maintain the three-license limit while dispensary owners in Oak Creek and the Roaring Fork Valley said they hoped to move into the Steamboat market.

The city also currently has a vertical integration requirement, which requires marijuana stores produce 70 percent of the products they sell in affiliated manufacturing and cultivation facilities.

At their most recent work session on the topic of marijuana, City Council members expressed interests in requiring stores grow and produce all of their marijuana in Routt County.

The meeting will be live streamed on television on Steamboat TV 6 and online at

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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