A 5-acre parcel to the southwest of Redmond’s urban growth boundary is the subject of Deschutes County’s latest marijuana land use hearing, which is slated for Tuesday evening.
In January, Travis Hannan, who owns property at 3900 SW 58th St. in Redmond, submitted an application to establish a marijuana grow operation on the property. Plans filed with Deschutes County call for a 5,000-square-foot warehouse that would house 2,500 square feet of mature marijuana plants. No other buildings were proposed for the currently vacant property.
“It’s been an extremely smooth process,” Hannan said.
Hannan said his main goal in filing the application is to get the land use process underway before state or federal law around growing marijuana changes. He added that the plants would be grown and sold under the company name Heco Farms Inc. if the application is allowed to move forward.
As with many marijuana-related applications in Deschutes County, this one has attracted negative attention from neighbors.
Jacob Ripper, associate planner for Deschutes County, said many of the letters he received after the application was submitted came from residents who were concerned about the site’s proximity to Ridgeview High School in southeast Redmond. Ripper said the existing footprint of the school is about 4,000 feet from Hannan’s property line, well above the 1,000-foot buffer mandated by the Oregon Health Authority and Deschutes County.
However, Redmond School District Superintendent Michael McIntosh submitted comments to Deschutes County staff stating Hannan’s property is around 3,500 feet from property owned by the school district that is located west of the high school, and that having a marijuana grow operation nearby makes it more difficult for the district to build another school in the area.
“Having a marijuana production facility on the proposed location would render our property unusable as a future school site and a great loss for the Redmond School District and our community,” McIntosh wrote.
Ripper said the county has the option to hold a hearing for land use applications or issue a staff decision that can be appealed.
Ripper added that the county is likely to hold hearings on marijuana-related applications going forward, given how contentious they can be.
The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, in the Barnes and Sawyer rooms at 1300 NW Wall St. in Bend.
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