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During a recent City Council workshop, councilors reviewed survey results, though no action was taken

Results from a recent community survey and open house show that Estacada community members are nearly evenly split about having dispensary restrictions that are stricter than state law.

Though marijuana retail is a conditional use in the city's general commercial and highway commercial zones, additional buffers in the city's code around churches, sports fields, parks, the downtown zone and any place where children congregate regularly lead to few locations being viable for a dispensary. Per state law, a dispensary also could not be located in a residential zone or near a school.

The city received a total of 363 responses on the topic, 237 of which came from an online survey, 96 of which came from a paper survey and 30 of which came from an open house hosted earlier this year.

When asked if Estacada should be more restrictive than state law, 142 people said yes and 137 people said no.

The survey also asked about the distance of dispensaries from churches, sports fields, parks, the downtown zone and any place where children congregate regularly — which are all current regulations in Estacada's city code.

When asked if dispensaries should be 1,000 feet from any place that children congregate regularly, such as a daycare or arcade, 217 people said to keep the restriction as it is, 72 said to remove the restriction, 28 said to reduce the restriction to adjacent properties and 45 said reduce to 500 feet.

When asked if dispensaries should be 1,000 feet from a church, 182 people said to keep the restriction as it is, 131 said to remove the restriction, 23 said to reduce to adjacent properties, and 26 said to reduce to 500 feet.

When asked if dispensaries should be within 1,000 feet from a sports field, 195 people said to keep the restriction as it is, 92 said to remove the restriction, 23 people said reduce to adjacent properties and 25 said reduce to 500 feet.

When asked if dispensaries should be 1,000 feet from a park, 197 people said to keep the restriction as it is, 91 said to remove the restriction, 30 said to reduce to adjacent properties and 30 said reduce to 500 feet.

When asked if marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in the downtown zone, which was only part of the online survey, 95 said no and 32 said yes.

During a City Council workshop on Monday, Nov. 15, no action was taken, but councilors directed city staff to look into potential options for reducing restrictions while still maintaining control of what comes into the community, such as exploring whether a dispensary could be allowed in one part of a zone but not the entire zone and limiting the number of locations.


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