GLASSBORO – The municipal zoning code book is staying closed, for a while at least, to all six types of marijuana-based businesses recently legalized in New Jersey.
The Borough Council on Tuesday night adopted an ordinance that prohibits all cannabis-related businesses, ranging from growing operations to delivery services.
The council was required to make an official “opt in” or “opt out” decision not later than August 21 under a new state law. The brief period the state allowed for local officials to decide has led a number of governing bodies to adopt restrictive zoning, allowing them to observe how the cannabis industry unfolds in New Jersey.
A dissent from Councilman Joseph D’Alessandro made it a 5-to-1 decision. He also was the only member to comment.
“I’m against this at this time,” D’Alessandro said. “It doesn’t include medical marijuana, and I thought that should be something that should be afforded to our residents.”
Borough Solicitor Timothy Scaffidi noted the law allows the council to revise its position in the future.
In other business, borough Engineer Mark Brunermer said construction is expected to start in August on a senior housing community on Housing Authority land at 737 Ellis Drive.
Pennrose LLC, a real estate development and management firm in Philadelphia, obtained local planning approval on an amended plan in October 2019. An existing residential complex was demolished starting in May 2017.
The Lincoln Senior Urban Renewal amended plan called for 65 apartments, 57 of them one-bedroom units and the rest two-bedroom units, in 14 buildings. Some units were intended for developmentally disabled adults.
The apartments, financed with tax credits, will cover about 6.3 acres of the 10.3–acre property. A project like this one has been under consideration as far back as 2013, with Pennrose becoming involved in 2014.
The council opened Tuesday’s meeting with lighter fare, appointing Officer Kyle Snyder to the rank of corporal. Mayor John E. Wallace administered the oath of office to Snyder, whose family attended.
Snyder joined the department as a patrolman effective Jan. 29, 2014.
Joe Smith is a N.E. Philly native transplanted to South Jersey more than 30 years ago, keeping an eye now on government in South Jersey. He is a former editor and current senior staff writer for The Daily Journal in Vineland, Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, and the Burlington County Times.
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