2017-08-03 / Front Page

Will ‘M’ word be used by county planners?

What was referred to as the “M” word may or may not be part of the discussion Tuesday within the Leelanau County Planning Commission.

County commissioners are the next public body to take up what will appear on the agenda as a rezoning allowing “conditional uses” in zoning districts in Solon Township. The change was sought by a company named “42 Degrees” that has proposed building a medical marijuana processing facility on agricultural land in Solon. The property is owned by Samuel A. Rosinski.

The proposed zoning change, which deals with a variety of uses beyond medical marijuana, was taken up over several meetings by the township Planning Commission. It voted last month to send the zoning amendment to the county Planning Commission without making a recommendation.

After county planners express their opinions — which may include a recommendation for approval or denial — the proposal could go back to the township Planning Commission. Or it could go directly to the Solon Township Board, which has ultimate authority.

County Planning Commission chair Victor Goldschmidt said the proposal will appear on the agenda as a request to expand uses allowed in zoning districts. He said he would restrict references to “medical marijuana” brought up by county Planning Commission members during the meeting unless the agenda is amended.

“The agenda does not include any reference to the “M” word,” Goldschmidt explained. “My intent is to discuss the application that began this process.”

However, he added, members of the public may discuss an open range of topics during “public comment” periods held at the beginning and end of the meeting.

The county Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the county government center.

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