Steamboat Planning Commission approves Rocky Mountain Remedies' cultivation expansion

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— The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Rocky Mountain Remedies’ plans to expand its marijuana cultivation.

During discussion, the biggest issue that presented itself was providing enough parking for the employees of Rocky Mountain Remedies.

The parking analysis done by the city’s planning staff determined there was enough parking to satisfy the city’s requirements, but Planning Commission member Kathi Meyer proposed an additional condition of approval that would require Rocky Mountain Remedies to provide documentation to city staff that there is in fact enough parking.

Rocky Mountain Remedies co-owner Ryan Fisher said Thursday night that each of the three units at Downhill Drive Plaza where additional cultivation is planned are entitled to four parking spaces in the industrial-zoned property.

The parking spots aren’t necessarily marked, Fisher said, but the total of 12 spots entitled to the units fulfils the city’s requirements.

“That’s between you and the owner,” Meyer said about needing documentation of spots. “You can’t double count parking spaces.”

Fisher said he could produce the lease, which would verify that the appropriate number of parking spaces were allocated to the units.

The Planning Commission approved the cultivation expansion with the condition that the parking documentation was provided to city staff.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a waterbody setback variance for a garage in the Deerfoot Arts Park subdivision.

The planned location for the construction of the garage is within the 50-foot required setback from Soda Creek, but city staff supported granting the variance because of the constraints of the lot, including a sewer easement.

Planning Commission member Brian Hanlen asked the applicant’s engineer — Stephen Moore, of Steamboat Engineering & Design — what the additional cost to his client was from having to go through the variance process.

Moore said a rough estimate would be between $3,000 to $5,000.

Hanlen said he asked the question for the benefit of the Steamboat Springs City Council in evaluating the benefit to the city of having the applicant go through the variance process.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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