Marijuana Establishment Zoning Bylaw

June 10, 2019 Special Town Meeting



Article One:  Marijuana Establishment Zoning Bylaw 

Explanatory Note: The proposed Marijuana Establishment Zoning Bylaw (MEZB) would permit State-licensed adult use Marijuana Establishments to locate within the Town of Ayer in accordance with applicable State Laws, Rules and Regulations. The Planning Board held a public hearing on the MEZB on April 9 and 23, 2019 in addition to a public information session held on March 20, 2019. 

The proposed MEZB is mainly concerned with non-retail establishments including cultivation and product manufacturing, and does not propose any increase in the number of retail establishments over the one (1) permitted through Town Meeting vote on October 23, 2017. Marijuana establishments are only permitted in the Industrial, Light Industrial or General Business zoning districts after obtaining Special Permit and/or Site Plan approval from the Planning Board and a license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. The proposed Bylaw also imposes a two-hundred foot (200’) buffer between any new marijuana establishment and residential zoning districts, as well as from any public park, schools and pre-schools. 

The proposed text of the Marijuana Establishment Zoning Bylaw is available by clicking the above link.