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Banks edible marijuana operation gets no objections

The Banks Planning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday, April 26, to give community members a chance to weigh in on a proposed marijuana manufacturing business, which is not a grow operation but rather the next step after growing.

No one showed up to the hearing to offer testimony and no one submitted written comments, said Banks City Recorder Angie Lanter. The planning commission approved the conditional-use permit, which business owner Wayne Schwind of Beaverton requested. Schwind plans to run Periodic Edibles, a business that would manufacture, package and distribute cannabis edible products to state-licensed dispensaries. There will be no retail sales from the location and the business will not be open to the public.

Schwind wants to set up shop in the Banks Business Center at 13963 N.W. Main St. in Banks, which has commercial zoning. A manufacturing business of any kind — even a bakery — requires industrial zoning, said City Manager Jolynn Becker.

“The emission of odorous gases or matter in such quantities as to be readily detectable at any point beyond the property line of the use creating the odors is prohibited,” the conditions state.

City staff did receive one call earlier this month from a nearby business owner who requested to be placed on the notification list for the application.

In a separate matter, the planning commission last month approved a conditional-use permit for Hop Cycle Brewing, which is also located in the Banks Business Center, expected to open in the summer of 2016. This business will both manufacture beer and be open to the public for retail sales, beer tastings and food.

Still no permits for Puff Oregon

In December 2015, the News-Times reported that Puff Oregon, the first marijuana store to open west of Hillsboro, was operating without the required county permits — and they still don’t have them.

While the business — at 447700 N.W. Sunset Highway near Manning — was listed under Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) directory of registered dispensaries when it opened in November, business owners had not submitted the required land-use application to the county, according to Melissa De Lyser, communications coordinator for the county’s Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT).

Marijuana dispensaries operating without land-use and building approval are in violation and could be subject to fines, Wayne Hayson, principal planner at LUT, told the News-Times in December.

De Lyser said that while Puff Oregon is still operating without the county permits, they’re on their way to getting them. The business owners have submitted the application and county staff members are reviewing it. Under state law and Washington County Community Development Code requirements, LUT staff have 150 days to take final action on land-use applications outside the Urban Growth Boundary.

Because of the high volume of permit applications related to marijuana and because it’s a new review process, it’s taking longer than usual, De Lyser said.