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Overview

On October 7, 2019, the City Commission adopted Ordinance 2000 to postpone or delay the City’s opt-in of permitting commercial adult-use marihuana establishments in the City until June 1, 2020. Adoption of this ordinance permitted City staff to bring proposed zoning and licensing ordinances to the City Commission in conformance with the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, which was adopted by voter initiative in November 2018.

January 2020, City staff met to development the public participation plan and timeframe for completion of steps for the process of crafting this Adult Use Marihuana Ordinance and Social Equity Policy.

February 2020, public feedback meetings were held on Wednesday, February 5th and Tuesday February 11th at City Hall to obtain feedback from the public on the development of an Adult Use Marihuana ordinance and a social equity policy.  Each meeting began with a presentation by City Attorney  Clyde Robinson covering  the legislation, differences between medical / adult use facility types and social equity program at the State level.  A question and answer period followed  with the focus on what a  local social equity policy might look like to benefit residence getting into the industry and which adult use (recreational marihuana) license types were appropriate for Kalamazoo and where should each be located. 

pdf Adult Use Marihuana February 2020 Presentation (316 KB)

pdf Comparison of Medical and Adult Use License Types (598 KB)

February 5 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting Video Recording

pdf Meeting Notes Summary for February 5 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting (499 KB)

pdf Meeting Notes Summary for February 11 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting (503 KB)

 

Project Manager

Pete Eldridge, Assistant City Planner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Objectives

      •   Create an ordinance for Adult Use (Recreational) Marihuana based on community input.
      •   Develop a social equity policy to assist local entrepreneurs.
      •   Develop local licensing process for Adult Use Marihuana Facilities


Schedule: 2020

February:

      •   First Set of Public Meetings:
             ▪   Wednesday, 2/5 3pm to 5pm in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall (241 W. South St.)
             ▪   Tuesday, 2/11 6:30pm to 8pm in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall (241 W. South St.)
      •   Completed DRAFT #1 of the Ordinance / make available for public viewing: 2/24 to 2/28


March:

      •   Second Set of Public Meetings:
            ▪   Public Meetings: 3/2 to 3/6
      •   Completed DRAFT #2 of the Ordinance/ make available for public viewing: 3/16 to 3/20


April:

      •   Planning Commission Meeting: 4/2
      •   City Commission Meeting: 4/18 (Propose for First Reading)


May:

      •   City Commission Meeting: 5/4 (Propose for Public Hearing/Vote)
      •   City Commission Meeting: 5/18 (Optional Meeting Date)


June:
     •   Completion of Adult Use Marihuana Ordinace Due Date: 6/1


Public Participation Plan

The City will consult with citizens and those in the industry to obtain valuable feedback. In addition to this outreach staff will also be attending neighborhood meetings in late February and March.


Staffing

Community Planning & Economic Development, City Attorney’s Office, City Clerk’s Office


Consistent With Plans

Master Plan, Strategic Vision, Public Participation Plan


Vision

To put in place a framework of regulations to allow a balanced implementation of Adult Use Marihuana facilities in Kalamazoo. This is what the citizens voted in favor of in 2018. This will allow another component of the marihuana industry to legally begin operating in the City of Kalamazoo.


Strategic Vision Goals

Shared Prosperity, Economic Vitality

 

Metrics

Completion of Ordinance


Budget

Staff Time

 

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Where can I check my voter registration?

You can check your voter registration at michigan.gov/vote


Where do I register to vote?

You can register to vote at the Kalamazoo CityClerk's Office, Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, or at any Secretary of State branch office, or by mail until Monday, February 24, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the March 10 Election. If you are registering on or after February 24, 2020, you must register to vote at the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office, located at 241 West South Street, in order to be eligible to vote in the March 10 election. 

Anyone who wishes to register on or after February 24, 2020, including on Election Day, must register in person at the Kalamazoo City Clerk's Office and provide proof of residency. 

Documents that will be accepted for Residency Verification include:

  • Michigan Driver’s License or Personal ID Card
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document
  • (Items must include the applicant’s name and current address.  Electronic copies of these documents will be accepted.)

When is the last day to register to vote by mail? 

Monday, February 24, 2020

To register by mail, complete the Michigan Voter Registration Application and mail to:

Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
241 West South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The voter registration application must be postmarked by Monday, February 24, 2020.


When is the last day to register to vote in person?

8 pm on Election Day 

Anyone who wishes to register on or after February 25, 2020, including on Election Day, must register in person at the Kalamazoo City Clerk's Office and provide proof of residency. 

Documents that will be accepted for Residency Verification include:

  • Michigan Driver’s License or Personal ID Card
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document
    (Items must include the applicant’s name and current address.  Electronic copies of these documents will be accepted.)

Newly registered voters can pick up an absentee ballot in person when they register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office until 8pm on Election Day.


Who can vote by mail?

All registered voters can vote by mail!

To request a ballot, complete the Michigan Absent Voter Ballot Application, and mail, email or fax to the Kalamazoo City Clerk.

Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
241 West South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: (269) 337-8494


How do I vote by mail for every election?

To receive an absentee ballot application for every election, ask the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office about joining the Permanent Absentee Voter Application List.  Please call (269) 337-8793 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make the request.


When can I vote by mail?

Absentee ballots for the March 10 election are available now.  You can request to have a ballot mailed to you by Friday, March 6, 2020 5:00 pm.  You can also request a ballot in person at the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office until 4 pm on the Monday before the election

The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00am until 4:00pm for voter registration and absentee ballots.   

All ballots must be returned to the City Clerk's Office no later than 8pm on Election Day.


Can I register to vote at my polling place?

No, if you are not already registered to vote by Election Day, you must register to vote at the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office.   However, you may vote an absentee ballot at in the City Clerk’s Office after you register to vote, or you can take your registration receipt and vote in person at your polling place.


¿Dónde puedo verificar mi registro de elector?

Puede verificar su registro de elector en michigan.gov/vote.


 

¿Dónde me registro para votar?

Puede registrarse para votar en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo, la Oficina del Secretario del Condado de Kalamazoo, o en cualquier oficina del Secretario de Estado, o por correo hasta el lunes 24 de febrero de 2020 para ser elegible para votar en las elecciones del 10 de marzo.  Si se está registrando a partir del 24 de febrero de 2019, debe registrarse para votar en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo, ubicada en el 241 de West South Street, para ser elegible para votar en las elecciones del 10 de marzo.

Cualquier persona que desee registrarse a partir del 24 de febrero de 2020, incluso el día de las elecciones, debe registrarse en persona en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazooy proporcionar una prueba de residencia.

Los documentos que serán aceptados para la Verificación de Residencia incluyen:

  • Licencia de conducir de Michigan o tarjeta de identificación personal
  • Factura de servicios públicos actual
  • Estado de cuenta bancaria
  • Cheque de sueldo
  • Chequeo del gobierno – should be Cheque del gobierno – this says government check-up, which I don’t think is what you meant to say
  • Otro documento gubernamental

(Los artículos deben incluir el nombre del solicitante y la dirección actual.  Se aceptarán copias electrónicas de estos documentos.)


¿Cuándo es el último día para registrarse para votar por correo?

lunes, 24 de febrero de 2020

Para registrarse por correo, complete la Solicitud de Registro Electoral de Michigan y envíe la solicitud de registro de votantes de Michigan a:

La oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo, 241 West South Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

La solicitud de registro de electores debe estar marcada con un matasellos antes del lunes 24 de febrero de 2020.


¿Cuándo es el último día para registrarse para votar en persona?

8 pm el día de las elecciones

Cualquier persona que desee registrarse a partir del 25 de febrero de 2020, incluso el día de las elecciones, debe registrarse en persona en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo y proporcionar una prueba de residencia.

Los documentos que serán aceptados para la Verificación de Residencia incluyen:

  • Licencia de conducir de Michigan o tarjeta de identificación personal
  • Factura de servicios públicos actual
  • Estado de cuenta bancaria
  • Cheque de sueldo
  • Chequeo del gobierno – should be Cheque del gobierno – this says government check-up, which I don’t think is what you meant to say
  • Otro documento gubernamental

(Los artículos deben incluir el nombre del solicitante y la dirección actual.  Se aceptarán copias electrónicas de estos documentos.)

Los electores recién registrados pueden llenar una boleta de ausencia en persona cuando se inscriben para votar en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad hasta las 8 pm del día de las elecciones.


¿Quién puede votar por correo?

¡Todos los votantes registrados pueden votar por correo!

Para solicitar una boleta, complete la Solicitud de Votación Electoral Ausente de Michigan y envíe por correo, correo electrónico o fax al Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo.

Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo, 241 West South Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: (269) 337-8494


¿Cómo voto por correo para cada elección?

Para recibir una solicitud de boleta de ausencia para cada elección, pregunte a la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo acerca de añadirse a la Lista de Solicitud de Votantes Ausentes Permanentes.  Llame al (269) 337-8793 o envíe un correo electrónico This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. para realizar la solicitud.


¿Cuándo puedo votar por correo?

Las boletas de ausentes para las elecciones del 10 de marzo ya están disponibles. Puede solicitar que le envíen una boleta por correo antes del viernes 6 de marzo de 2020 a las 5:00 p.m.  También puede solicitar una boleta en persona en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo hasta las 4 pm del lunes antes de la elección.

La Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo estará abierta el sábado 7 de marzo de 2020 de 8:00am a 4:00pm para el registro de votantes y las boletas de ausencia.

Todas las boletas deben ser devueltas a la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad a más tardar a las 8pm del día de las elecciones.


¿Puedo registrarme para votar en mi lugar de votación?

No, si aún no está registrado para votar el día de las elecciones, debe registrarse para votar en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo. Sin embargo, usted puede votar una boleta de ausencia en la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad después de registrarse para votar, o puede tomar su recibo de registro y votar en persona en su lugar de votación.

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The Mission of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence is to support the goals of the City of Kalamazoo, fund aspirational investments in the city, and empower Kalamazoo residents to achieve the lives they want for themselves and their families.

Structural budget challenges have for many years impeded the City’s effort to make its vision a reality. The Foundation For Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation will provide $70.3 million to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and for $10 million of aspirational community projects per year through 2019. During this period, a community fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.

Make a donation to the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence Foundation for Excellence Document Library

Please note that because the Foundation for Excellence is incorporated as a supporting organization to the City of Kalamazoo, IRA rollover contributions can be accepted but will not be tax deductible

The Foundation’s financial model is being structured in such a way as to do the most good with the most efficient use of resources possible. The Foundation will work to establish strategic partnerships with organizations whose mission and work aligns with the goals and objectives of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan, the Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo plan, and the City of Kalamazoo. These plans are built around the City’s deep investment in broad community involvement and collaboration. Each reflects a pathway to improve life for all residents of Kalamazoo. 

A 2016 survey of Kalamazoo residents revealed that 80% of respondents were supportive of the Foundation for Excellence proposal, with consistent support across all demographics. You can read about projects and programs that the FFE supports in the annual newsletter below.


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