Mesa Councilman Richins responds to medical marijuana facility rejection – inappropriate location

I enjoyed reading your take on the medical marijuana zoning case. As reflected in my comments and the comments of those of my colleagues, this wasn’t about Med Marij. I have no opposition to Med Marij whatsoever. I think this case is a very important one to study in this regard. As a land use issue, the compatibility of industrial zoning, even light industrial, next to a residential neighborhood is difficult to rectify, even when it is done with the restrictions that were proposed for this case and in this context. Similar to your firms opposition to Curis Copper Mine, industrial zoning is rarely compatible with nearby residential development. It is an issue we work through regularly at Resolution Cooper where I work,and I see from time to time in other locations.

The claims of “redevelopment” of the applicant were spotty. One redeveloped building rarely results in the resurgence of an area or a single shopping center. But rather, as advocated by your firm on many occasions, careful, thoughtful planning and targeted public investment should come together to work on a solution to incompatible zoning or outdated land uses. A good case study is check cashing establishments. Many revitalized buildings. Clients coming out of those stores with fists full of cash. Other retail business shy away from locating near them. Why?

Also, for full disclosure, Resolution Copper is a happy client of your firm. I just happen to work there and be on the Mesa City Council. Again, appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

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