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No. Submitting an application does not secure an applicant’s place in line.
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Provisioning center facilities are allowed in four separate overlay districts chosen by City Council. They are located in the north, south, east, and west areas of the City and essentially do not abut residential neighborhoods. All provisioning center facilities must also meet the requirements of the underlying zoning of the property.
There is not a cap per se; however, the 1,000-foot buffer requirement between lot lines from other provisioning center facilities naturally limits the number that would be allowed.
You must have been issued a pre-qualification application number by the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs prior to submitting an application for a Special Use Permit for any medical marihuana facility.
The City of East Lansing has not put a limit on the number of applications being accepted.
The process involves a special use permit that runs with the property, not the business or owner. The property owner must sign the land use development application which makes them aware of the applicant’s desire to obtain a special use permit for the property. The process takes a minimum of three months and two public hearings will be held; Planning Commission makes a recommendation to City Council and City Council makes the final decision.
The land use development application should be completed to the fullest extent possible. A site plan is required to be submitted with the application in addition to a $5,000.00 application fee; which is also to be paid annually.
A meeting is not required, but may be beneficial as a pre-review of your application to find out what items are missing or still needed.
Additional information is available on the City of East Lansing's Medical Marihuana webpage and the State of Michigan's Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA) webpage.
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