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Danbury Planning Commission to take up application for recreational cannabis retailer

A plan for a retail cannabis facility in Danbury is being presented to the City's Planning Commission tonight.  The proposal is by BUD-R Hartford Holdings for 108 Federal Road.  A traffic study by the company estimated 500 car trips on a typical weekday, about the same on Saturday as well.  The City said in a report to the Commission that the proposal would not cause congestion, but does reserve the right to charge the shop owners as much as $50,000 for traffic control during the grand opening. Danbury now allows a limited number of marijuana business in select commercial zones and is also considering a proposal from the medicinal marijuana dispensary on Mill Plain Road to add recreational pot sales as a hybrid retailer.  

 

According to a report submitted for the meeting, the project team must provide a written statement on their site plan outlining the hours of operation.  The allowed hours are Mondays through Saturdays 9am to 8pm and Sundays 9am to 3pm.  Also to be included on the site plan is a statement saying that no cannabis shall be applied, ingested, or consumed inside or on the premises of a cannabis retailer.  The written odor abatement program must describe all odor control and abatement measures installed on the site and within the structure to ensure that cannabis odors do not emanate from the proposed facility.

 

A staff report says the applicant is required to provide a written security plan to ensure the contents of the building are secured. The security plan must include information on vaults for the safe keeping of cannabis product and provisions for the installation of video cameras. Outdoor audible alarms are required for all cannabis establishments. The Chief of Police is currently reviewing the Building Security Plan and site plan to ensure adequacy and compliance with the security protocols.

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