By Steve Elliott
Vermont's newest medical marijuana dispensary may have found a home after the town of Brandon's Development Review Board changed the conditional use of permit of a building to allow for the cultivation and dispensing of cannabis.
The board issued its decision on March 6 for the application by Alexandra Ford, on behalf of Rutland County Organics, to use a 6,700-square-foot building located at 84 Lovers Lane, as allowed by the state, reports Lucia Suarez at the Rutland Herald. The board approved the change by a unanimous 5-0 vote.
"The board finds the proposed development as submitted meets the requirements of the Brandon Zoning Bylaw and is in accordance with the Performance Objectives and Standards of the Brandon Land Use Ordinance," the March 6 decision read.
The building is owned by Chuck Mitchell Properties, and formerly housed a wood furniture manufacturing facility until last year.
Zoning Administrator Tina Wiles said people with interested party status have until April to appeal the board's approval. She said any appeals would need to prove that the board's decision results in "undue adverse effects" to the capacity of the building, the character of the area, traffic in the vicinity, Brandon's bylaws and ordinances, and impacts.
"A person cannot appeal just because they don't like the project," Wiles said.