Zoning board grants variances for proposed medical marijuana dispensary – Montgomery Newspapers
UPPER DUBLIN >> The proposed medical marijuana dispensary at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Commerce Drive received another shot in the arm Nov. 27.
The township planning commission recommended the board of commissioners approve the land development plan Nov. 21, with a number of conditions, one being that use and dimensional variances be obtained from the township’s Zoning Hearing Board, which on Nov. 27 did just that.
The variances were granted at a zoning hearing, continued from Oct. 30, on the application by Cure PA requesting variances regarding a nonconforming use, uses permitted in the floodplain conservation district, and maximum window sill and lintel height in the Fort Washington Village District for the proposed dispensary at 475 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
The plan involves razing the long-vacant former gas station building and replacing it with a 1,300-square-foot facility in the footprint of the original building. The new structure would be raised 2 feet above the base flood elevation.
Questions regarding ownership of the property, whether variances not applied for might also be required and township engineer Tom Fountain’s lack of approval of the plan had been raised at the October hearing.
Documents submitted Nov. 27 satisfied the ownership and lease questions for the zoning board solicitor, and Chris Dawson, the architect for the dispensary, went over “substantive differences” made to the design.
Township Engineer Tom Fountain said he had reviewed the revised plan and had “no issue with anything that was presented.” He said he was “pleased” the new design elevated the building on piers to get it out of the floodplain.
Township Solicitor Gil High said the township was not taking a position pro or con, but asked that the “variances granted be based on the plans submitted.”
High also requested the zoning board require Cure PA to submit