BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners have given final approval for an indoor marijuana grow in the Tumalo area. The 42-acre property is zoned for Exclusive Farm Use and several neighbors had appealed the application over concerns the operation would increase traffic on Bill Martin Road.
Commissioner Tammy Baney says the applicant satisfied all of the county’s requirements for a marijuana production facility. "I think the challenges to this application by adjacent property owners were more related to issues that were outside of this application. So, while I very much appreciated their input and engagement, I felt that maybe their comments and concerns would be better directed toward a different subject and manner. This actually was not the right path."
While Commissioner Phil Henderson Henderson also questioned how safety would be impacted, he agreed it was outside of the applications purview. "I do still remain concerned with the road out there. I don’t know that it effects the decision but I guess that still is a pending problem, I guess, for anybody using the road very much, or for the heavy construction zone."
Neighbors filed an appeal in June, shortly after Commissioners granted preliminary approval. A public hearing was held in August. Wednesday's unanimous vote clears the way for marijuana to be grown inside a proposed 5,000 square foot greenhouse and second 3,000 square foot building.