Items Types:
Hearings/Ordinances/2nd Read
For Meeting of:
June 5, 2017
District: 4 From:
Contract ID: Document Number:
Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: No

An Ordinance No. 2017-25 Adding Medical Cannabis Dispensary Location Criteria and Performance Standards to Chapter 58 of the Land Development Code (Economic Development)


This proposed Land Development Code amendment adds location criteria, performance standards and creates specific definitions for Medical Cannabis dispensaries to Chapter 58 of the Land Development Code.  The new regulations are proposed for Medical Cannabis dispensaries within the City to allow reasonable access to these products to treat patients with debilitating conditions, while protecting sensitive land uses (e.g. schools, child care, residential uses, parks, places of worship) from the potential negative secondary effects of such a use.  It also includes a mile separation between such uses so that they do not concentrate in any particular section/neighborhood of the City.

The proposal also limits the total number of dispensaries to seven; this is also the same amount of authorized dispensing organizations within the State of Florida (i.e. one per organization).  This "cap" also ensures that the City is not overburdened with accommodating all of the dispensaries within Central Florida, while allowing adequate access to such products for our residents.

The proposal includes a grandfathering provision for dispensary locations previously approved as "Charlotte's Web" dispensaries to allow the full range of cannabis products currently allowed under state law (including Amendment 2), so long as such locations have applied for and are actively securing a building permit as of the effective date of this ordinance.

Additionally, hospitals over 100 beds dispensing such products are proposed to be exempted from the location criteria.

This item was recommended for approval at the April 18, 2017 Municipal Planning Board; the item was also approved by the City Council on first reading at its May 15, 2017 meeting.

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: N/A

Recommended Action:
Adopt the attached ordinance number 2017-25 and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk or Mayor Pro Tempore and City Clerk to execute on behalf of the City upon its final review and approval by the City Attorney.

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

Note: All agenda items must be in the City Clerk's office by Noon Friday, six(6) business days prior to the regular Monday City Council meeting.

Contact:, Chief Planner, and, Chief Assistant City Attorney
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 5/24/2017 1:43 PM
City Clerk 5/24/2017 3:31 PM

Name: Description: Type:
Medical_Cannabis_Dispensary_Ord_-_Second_Reading_2017-25.pdf Second Read Ordinance Backup Material
2017-25_-_Medical_Cannabis_Dispensary_Ord_-_Second_Reading.pdf Ord. No. 2017-25 Backup Material

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