Cannabis Zoning Restrictions
What’s Happening Now
City Council has scheduled a public hearing on proposed marijuana zoning restrictions legislation for April 24 in the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee. You can view key documents for the legislation below.
The City of Seattle proposes to limit the amount of growing, processing, selling, and delivery of marijuana and related products in certain areas of Seattle. Our proposal, which responds to changes to state law in 2011 and 2012, was developed by City staff and representatives from the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and the City Attorney.
After analysis, we decided that an environmental impact statement (EIS) wasn’t required for the proposed restrictions. (An EIS is required under the State Environmental Policy Act when an agency determines a proposal is likely to have a significant negative environmental impact that can’t be easily mitigated.) Public review and comment on this analysis occurred from September 10 – October 1, 2012. Between October and December 2012, City Council members attended Neighborhood Council meetings to get feedback about the proposal.
Draft SEPA Review Materials
(We changed the project title from Cannabis Zoning Restrictions to Marijuana Zoning Restrictions in January 2013.)
- Cannabis Zoning Restrictions Report
- Cannabis Zoning Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions
- Cannabis Zoning Restrictions DRAFT Ordinance
- Cannabis Zoning Restrictions SEPA Checklist
- Cannabis Zoning Restrictions SEPA Determination
This proposal will help to ensure that marijuana-related uses (like a business or garden) operate at appropriate scales for the area where they are located.
The End Result
We expect City Council to vote on the proposed legislation later this year.