Pot ban now extends to a year

The Sherwood City Council touched on a number of subjects during it Tuesday meeting. Among them were:

• The city has agreed to extend its temporary ban on medical marijuana facilities for one year while it sorts out where such businesses could be located if they eventually open in the city.

The Sherwood City Council tossed out its previous 150-day ban in favor of the Oregon Legislature’s approval of prohibiting such facilities until May 2015.

At a previous meeting, city officials said the extra time was needed to develop amendments to the city’s development code to determine where such facilities can locate.

State law requires the dispensaries be located in commercial, industrial or agricultural areas. It prohibits the facilities from being within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Sherwood City Council listened to an update on the Southwest Corridor Plan from Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen. The long-term project would bring road improvements along Highway 99W and the possibility of either a MAX light-rail or rapid bus line as far as Tigard and Tualatin.

Light rail is already out of the mix for Sherwood but rapid bus line could be a possibility, officials have said.

In March, Tigard voters agreed to change that city’s charter formally opposing new high-capacity transit without a vote to the public. Tigard officials may put a measure on the November ballot trying to determine if voters actually are opposed to high-capacity transit or just want a say in whether it comes to the area or not.

Meanwhile, Dirksen said Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan includes a Washington County project that could widen Tualatin-Sherwood Road to five lanes between Teton Avenue all the way into Sherwood in the coming years.

• The Sherwood City Council agreed to accept the report put forward by a Lake Oswego accounting firm regarding the contract between the city and the Sherwood Family YMCA.

The city will now move forward with renegotiating the document between the city and the YMCA following a report from the firm that called the current contract “poorly written.”

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