LA PINE, OR -- La Pine's Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, to create recommendations for marijuana grow operations in the industrial park. City Councilors chose to allow commercial grow operations in industrial areas, but they need to set rules for growers.
Interim City Manager Rick Allen says there has been a lot of interest in La Pine because land is cheaper than in Bend, and there is still uncertainty about whether Deschutes County will continue to opt out of allowing grows in unincorporated areas. "So, now that it would be legal in the industrial park, we need to set some rules that people must follow, if they're going to build. We have had numerous inquiries over the last six months, from people wanting to look into that."
Allen tells KBND News, "What we lacked were measures that would make sure we didn't get hoop houses and some of the other, more flimsy structures like greenhouses that would blow around - we didn't want those. If we're going to have a commercial growing operation in an industrial park, we have the proper protections in there to make sure that the building meets snow and wind loads and requires a building permit."
The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the City Council this week. Councilors are expected to act on them, next week.