In a 5-2 vote in July, The Royal Oak City Commission approved an ordinance to opt-in to adult-use cannabis facilities licensing.
The licensing ordinance took effect on Aug. 15th, 2020, following a year of public discussion on the subject. As the cannabis industry continues to expand in Michigan, this is an exciting municipal opt-in.
While the application itself is not yet available, we can anticipate what the process may be like based upon the licensing and zoning ordinances.
The Royal Oak Adult-Use Marijuana Facility Licensing Application is highly competitive, with a limited number of municipal licenses available. They are designated as follows:
The application requirements include, but are not limited to:
Applications, once available, will be held until a window is established to select applications to fill an available license slot.
The application will be considered through the competitive process described in the licensing ordinance. Once the application fee is paid by the applicant, the City Clerk will refer a copy to the designated staff of the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Community Development Department, and any other applicable departments for review and approval.
After the City Departments have reviewed, but prior to approval of Special Land Use Permit and Site Plan, the applicant will be notified of any deficiencies. The noted deficiencies must be corrected within the thirty (30) day timeframe, or the application will be considered incomplete and denied.
Once the deficiencies are corrected, the applicant’s Special Land Use Permit and Site Plan will be considered by the City Planning Commission. All inspections, review and processing of the application shall be completed within ninety (90) days, uncles extended upon written notice by the City for good cause.
Because of the limited licensing and favorable location, the Royal Oak Marijuana Facilities Licensing application will be highly competitive. The licensing ordinance outlines the competitive process through which applications will be considered. The applicants and applications will be ranked in the order of which is best suited to operate.
The competitive criteria includes, but is not limited to:
At present, roughly 1,400 Michigan communities have opted out of adult-use licensing. If your municipality of choice opts-in or is considering an ordinance, it is critical to prepare the most accurate and competitive municipal facilities license application.
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