Ketchikan’s assembly may begin crafting local rules for licensed marijuana businesses. Two assembly members — Alan Bailey and Sue Pickrell — seek formal action to direct borough staff to draft ordinances that would regulate onsite pot consumption. They also want to limit the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the borough and modify local zoning laws.
The issue came to light because a conditional use permit was recently issued allowing a marijuana facility within 200 feet of residential properties.
In other business, the Assembly will consider a resolution urging the Alaska Mental Health Trust’s Land Office and the state’s Department of Natural Resources to place lands up for auction in the Mountain Point Subdivision.
Land developer Harlan Heaton entered into an agreement early last year to purchase borough-owned property in that area. He stated at that time, development is contingent upon his purchasing adjoining lands owned by the trust and state. Heaton has been trying to negotiate a deal for about a year and has been so far unsuccessful. He is seeking assistance from the Assembly. He says his plan is to build affordable housing.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Borough Assembly Chambers at the White Cliff Building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.