June 15, 2016  The Board conduct Second Reading  of ordinances amending Title 18 (County Zoning), Title 8 (Noise Control), and  Title 15 (Building and Construction) with adoption by emergency.  These ordinances are effective July 1, 2016.

June 1, 2016  The Board reviewed and conduct First Reading of Ordinances amending Title 18 (County Zoning), Title 8 (Noise Control), and  Title 15 (Building and Construction).  Second Reading will occur on June 15.  

In addition, the Board conducted First and Second Reading of ordinances related to existing lawfully established and new medical marijuana grow sites in Title 18 (County Zoning), Title 19 (Bend Urban Reserve Area), Title 20 (Redmond Urban Reserve Area), and Title 21 (Sisters Urban Reserve Area) with adoption by emergency.  These ordinances are effective upon adoption (immediately). 

May 25, 2016  The Board reviewed and provided direction on changes to the draft ordinances for marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County.  Staff prepared amended ordinances for review by the Board on June 1, 2016.  

May 4, 9 and 11, 2016  The Board deliberated unanimously decided to initiate a process to lift the ban on marijuana land uses in rural Deschutes County and agreed on a framework for reasonable regulations to address sight, sound, smell and other impacts associated with the growing and processing of marijuana.

May 2, 2016  The Board conducted a public hearing to consider the status of Opt Out, and medical and recreational marijuana regulations.  The staff report presentation is attached below.

April 27, 2016  The Board conducted a work session receive presentation of MAC recommendations and overview of outstanding issues for Board consideration and decisions.  The staff report presentation is attached below.

March 21, 2016  Staff provided the Board with an update on marijuana regulation in Deschutes County and Oregon.  Included was an update on the MAC, marijuana related changes to state law from the 2016 Oregon Legislative Session, and marijuana regulation ordinances adopted by other counties in Oregon.  The staff report and presentation for this matter are attached below.

December 21, 2015  The Board unanimously approved Ordinance 2015-009, temporarily banning marijuana business in unincorporated Deschutes County. Commissioners expressed a desire to have more time to evaluate the impact of proposed regulations for businesses that grow, process and sell marijuana.  As part of this decision, the Board expressed the desire to form the MAC to participate in this evaluation.   

December 2, 2015  The Board held two hearings to receive testimony on the proposed regulations and "opt out" options. 

November 16 and 23, 2015  The Planning Commission deliberated on the proposed regulations.  The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to forward a package of recommendations to regulate marijuana businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County. Most notably, the Commission voted to only allow marijuana production (growing) and processing in the EFU Zone on properties 20 acres or larger, and in the Rural Industrial Zone.  The recommendation is to prohibit these uses in all other zones (i.e., MUA-10, RR-10).   In addition, the Commission voted to impose a range of reasonable time, place and manner regulations on businesses, such as those addressing setbacks, odor, noise, and lighting.  The Commission also voted 5-2 to recommend the County not opt out of any marijuana businesses.

November 5 and 12, 2015  The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to receive public testimony on the proposed regulations.  

October 8, 2015  The Planning Commission  conducted a work session to receive the proposed amendments and other reference documents.  Then, on October 22, 2015, the Planning Commission conducted a second work session to discuss the proposal in more detail with staff to prepare for the upcoming public hearing.

September 21, 28, and 30, 2015  The Board held a series of work sessions with staff to draft proposed standards for marijuana related businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County.   

September 2, 2015  The Board conducted a work session to continue  the discussion addressing marijuana businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County.  The work session was an opportunity for the Board to provide direction on what, if any, marijuana related businesses to “opt out” of and the process for establishing regulations of the businesses that will be allowed.  The Board chose to not “opt out” of any marijuana related businesses at this time as allowed by HB 3400.  Instead, the Board decided to work with staff to propose regulations addressing marijuana businesses, and to begin the process immediately.  

August 12, 2015  The Board held a public hearing to receive testimony regarding whether  to “opt out” of marijuana land uses, as permitted by HB 3400.  The Board briefly deliberated on August 17, 2015, and decided not to opt out of any marijuana businesses at that time in favor of considering whether it is prudent to consider whether the better option is to develop regulations addressing where and how marijuana businesses may operate.  With that said, the Board also acknowledged the opportunity to opt out is still available until December 27, 2015, if a regulatory approach is determined to not be suitable. 

April 22, 2015  The Board adopted Ordinance 2015-004 regulating medical marijuana dispensaries unincorporated Deschutes County. 


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