BEDMINSTER >> Following the state’s legalization of medical marijuana, Bedminster is joining the list of towns preparing rules for where medical marijuana facilities will be allowed.
In Bedminster, it would only be in the Industrial zoning district under a proposed ordinance the Bedminster Township Board of Supervisors expect to hold a hearing on in March or April.
Dispensaries would only be allowed to sell medical marijuana, with no other retail sales or accessory uses allowed on the same property under the ordinance. Grower/processors could not have any retail sales or accessory uses on the same property. Outdoor storage or displays would not be allowed for either dispensaries or grower/processors.
The facilities would also have to fully meet the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act laws, the proposed ordinance says.
“In order to be considered and to file a legitimate application, you have to have something from the municipality that says it’s permitted in this zoning district,” township Solicitor John Rice said at the Feb. 8 township meeting.
The Industrial zoning district is in the Applebutter Road/Route 611 area and includes only a small part of the municipality, township officials said.
Only a handful of medical marijuana facilities will be allowed by the state in an extended area of southeastern Pennsylvania, Rice said.
In other matters at the Feb. 8 meeting:
• Alex Rankin was honored for his service on the township’s zoning hearing board from 2005 to 2016.
“We really appreciate your service,” board of supervisors member Glenn Wismer said. “The township depends on all the volunteers to help out.”
• Discussion continued of possible solutions for complaints by Pipersville residents of traffic and speeding through the village.
A proposal to make Old Easton Road one way out of the village to Route 611, however, would cost more than $180,000 because of improvements that would have to be made for increased traffic turning at the Route 611/Deep Run Road intersection, township engineer Tom Fountain said.
The board and residents agreed that’s too costly and to look for other possible solutions, such as speed tables.
“Let’s have a pow-wow out there and look at it,” board member Mark Schmidt said, “and see what we can come up with.”