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Commissioners to continue review of retail marijuana business regulations

Contact: Scot Hunn, Senior Planner, 970-328-8624 or

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will resume deliberations on a draft amendment to the county’s land use regulations which would allow retail marijuana businesses to operate in certain zone districts within unincorporated Eagle County. The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. The amendment is available for review online at

Monday’s meeting is a continuation of a review that began on Oct. 29. As proposed, the regulations would make retail marijuana businesses allowable within specified areas of the Commercial Limited and Commercial General zone districts; which are the same areas approved in 2010 for medical marijuana businesses. Currently, there are four medical marijuana businesses operating within those areas.

The draft amendment was reviewed and recommended for approval with conditions by the Eagle County and Roaring Fork Valley Regional planning commissions last month. Conditions included a recommendation on additional zone districts for the cultivation, manufacturing and testing of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products; and adding marijuana “social clubs” as a defined use within the county’s land use regulations and establishing parameters for their review. 

The passage of Amendment 64 by voters in November 2012 made legal the cultivation, possession and use of limited amounts of recreational marijuana by adults 21 years or older. To comply with state legislation, the county must act to either approve or prohibit the establishment of retail marijuana businesses within its jurisdiction.

Public comment on the topic is closed; however, interested community members may still direct written comments to Senior Planner Scot Hunn at