Marijuana processing facility planned for Springbrook Road
The Newberg Planning Commission will soon be weighing an application for a marijuana processing facility on North Springbrook Road.
The application, submitted under the name Midori LLC and represented by attorney Anthony Stuart for conditional use, states that Midori plans to exclusively produce edible products for sale in the adult-marijuana retail market. The building they plan to occupy at 1015 N. Springbrook Road formerly held a bank and is next door to a marijuana retailer. Both are owned by Sheri Ralston, whose company is Western Oregon Dispensary Inc. The processing facility application also lists Chris Ralston as owner.
The application states for the indefinite future there will be only two or three people at the site, and the total number of employees will not exceed five. It also states that there will be minimal impact to traffic, with no more than 10 total trips to the facility in a given day, and the building will likely only be used 10 to 25 hours per week. The application did not include a traffic study.
"There are expected to be no odor or other noise impacts associated with the fully contained production process," the application states. "Midori LLC has previously developed another location and has specific experience to ensure all activities are undertaken at the highest security and safety levels with zero appreciable impact on any neighbors or the community."
The two buildings are adjacent to each other on the same lot, and the application said the size of the vacant building is "ample to support the proposed conditional use." The applicants are not proposing any major modifications to the building's existing design, maintenance or other aspects that would impact neighbors. The application states there will only be food-related processing occurring, and there will be no "high temperature, high pressure, flammable, or any other activity."
The application states they are not seeking to cut down any adjacent trees or shrubs, and there will be no modifications to the existing landscape. It is currently in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will not require any installations. There will be no signs or graphics on the building, according to the application.
The application was submitted in late August and the planning commission will hold a hearing on it at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Newberg Public Safety Building on Third and South Howard streets.