Fort Lupton council approves last of 4 marijuana licensees

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Fort Lupton City Council, acting as the city’s marijuana local licensing authority, unanimously approved retail and medical marijuana licenses for Centaurus Farms earlier this month. The business is set to occupy land in the 9700 block of Weld County Road 16.

The concern from Mayor Zo Stieber-Hubbard was the business’ potential exposure to children. The other licensees agreed to fence their property. Applicant John Paolella told the authority he would be willing to help screen the property.

Bobby Adams, who is a neighbor to the property, said he’d like to see privacy fencing. Adams also told the authority he had an issue with the drive-through portion of the business and “he doesn’t want it because it’s in his neighborhood,” according to staff notes. Hodges told the authority this sort of business is a “use by right” in commercial and industrial zoned districts.

Zoning for the land is industrial, and Planning Director Todd Hodges said “at some point” the zoning “would transition.” The applicant also has to go through the city’s land-use process, Hodges told the authority.

Resident Dawn Massey wondered if the operation included growing. Stieber-Hubbard said the city doesn’t have a grow ordinance and that the license didn’t include that provision.

Committee appointees

Council appointed members to the new ad hoc committee to help develop a design for expansion of the city’s recreation center.

Members are Amy Adkins, Judy Ceretto, Marlene Stieber, Claud Hanes, Valerie Blackston and Monty Schuman and Julie Holm.

The guidelines said one candidate (Ceretto) could come from the Senior Advisory Committee, one could come from the Culture, Parks, Recreation and Museum Committee (Adkins) and two could come from mayoral appointments and council approval. So far, only Marlene Stieber has gone through that process.

Hanes and Blackston are serving council members, and Schuman and Holm, who work at the recreation center, are city liaisons.

In other business

Council voted to continue three public hearings during its June 20 meeting. All three votes were unanimous.

The reasons for the delays were the same — a lack of a quorum on the city’s planning commission during earlier scheduled hearings.

One of the hearings concerned a special use permit for Champion Xpress Car Wash. The others were for rezoning and the final platting and development plans for the Flats at Lupton Village. The new date for all three hearings is July 5.

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