The Warren County MO Planning and Zoning commission did not have a quorum for its January meeting when it was scheduled to have a public hearing regarding a change to marijuana cultivation rules.
The Warren County Planning and Zoning Commission was forced to postpone a hearing scheduled for Jan. 18 because of a lack of quorum.
The commission was set to hear from the public on a zoning change that would remove the requirement for medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing only being allowed in commercial highway districts with a conditional use permit and permit marijuana cultivation and manufacturing in all agricultural zones within Warren County with an approved permit.
A large crowd of people had attended, and five people had signed up to speak publicly on the matter.
But only four of the seven planning and zoning commissioners were present for the hearing. Five commissioners must be present to have a quorum.
It was announced that two commissioners were absent because of COVID. Another was unable to attend because of work, Bill Romer, the county planning and zoning administrator, confirmed in an email to The Record.
Roemer said during the meeting the hearing would likely be postponed to the commission’s Feb. 15 meeting.
The zoning change is under consideration because Nicole L. Vandiver had approached the county wanting to put a grow house on her property, which is currently zoned agricultural, Roemer said in the email. Vandiver currently grows hemp on her land and hopes to expand into medical marijuana cultivation and distribution, which can currently only be done with an approved conditional use permit in a commercial highway district.
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