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July 23, 2021

Land Use Code Docket DC-20-0001: Proposed Text Amendments to Marijuana Regulations

Board of County Commissioners will meet virtually at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 29

Boulder County, Colo. - The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a Public Hearing on Land Use Code Docket DC-20-0001: Text Amendments to Marijuana Regulations at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Docket DC-20-0001 proposes Land Use Code Text Amendments to Article 4 (Zoning) and any companion changes related to marijuana to clarify existing Code language and align the Code with State statutes.

What: BOCC Public Hearing on Docket DC-20-0001
When: 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021
Where: Virtual hearing via Zoom. Register to participate or attend.

Docket DC-20-0001 proposes Land Use Code Text Amendments to Article 4 (Zoning) and any companion changes related to marijuana to clarify existing Code language and align the Code with State statutes. View the staff report packet for July 29.

The public is invited to provide input on the proposed changes. Comments or questions on may be emailed to Molly Marcucilli, or by calling 720-798-3601. Learn more on the DC-20-0001 webpage.

Background

Since the legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado in 2000, and later recreational marijuana in 2012, the marijuana industry in Colorado has experienced substantial growth. Boulder County enacted its first set of medical marijuana regulations in 2010. In a 2014 update to the Land Use Code, recreational marijuana was also included. In 2016, additional updates were made to address the cultivation and processing of marijuana.

As regulations at the state level have continued to evolve, Boulder County has updated the Code to address these changes to ensure local regulations are up to date with state regulations, and that marijuana is regulated in a manner that serves both the industry and the general public.

The impetus for the DC-20-0001 Code update was a change in 2017 to Colorado’s state regulations regarding marijuana. In addition to reviewing the Code’s alignment with the state’s changes, staff used this as an opportunity to clarify existing Code language and to engage with industry representatives, the community, and staff, to identify other potential issues that needed to be addressed.

Past Public Hearing

On June 16, 2021, the Boulder County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Docket DC-20-0001 to review the proposed text amendments. After a presentation from staff, public testimony, and deliberation, the Planning Commission voted (7-0) to recommend that the Board of County Commissioners approve Docket DC-20-0001. View the video recording of the hearing.