City Clerk Announces Initial Application Period for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits

The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office will begin accepting applications for Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018. No applications or parts of applications will be accepted outside of this initial application period.

During this initial application period the City Clerk’s Office will accept permit applications for all five types of Medical Marihuana Facilities: Growers, Processors, Secure Transporters, Safety/Compliance Facilities, and Provisioning Centers. Applications must be submitted in person during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday) and must include a completed and signed application form, all attachments required in the application, the appropriate permit fee paid in full, and photo identification of the person submitting the application. The City Clerk will not accept incomplete applications. Permit fees are expected to be established by the City Commission at its May 21 meeting.

After the initial Medical Marihuana Facility Operating Permits are issued, the City Clerk’s Office expects future applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, as with other business licenses (subject to restrictions established in the Code of Ordinances). Due to the approvals required by the State of Michigan, geographic restrictions, and other considerations, after the initial application period closes applications may not be accepted again until 2019.

Application forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (241 West South Street) or online at www.kalamazoocity.org/medicalmarihuana. Additional resources are also available including the administrative rules, a process timeline, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).

Background

On Monday, April 2, 2018 the Kalamazoo City Commission adopted Ordinances 1957 and 1962, which implement the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act in the City of Kalamazoo. Information on the development of these ordinances as well as copies of the adopted ordinances and zoning maps are available on the City’s website at the following location: www.kalamazoocity.org/medicalmarihuana. For more information contact City Clerk Scott Borling at (269) 337-8792.

Community Input Sought for Long-term Parks & Recreation Planning

 

The City of Kalamazoo’s Parks & Recreation Department will start working on a new Master Plan and Strategic Vision this summer. The planning process will begin in June and include community meetings as well as opportunities for community members to offer feedback at Parks & Recreation events.

The Parks & Recreation Department will host meetings at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., LaCrone Park
  • Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Southside Park
  • Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Woods Lake Park
  • Thursday, July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Rockwell Park

In addition to these meetings, Parks & Recreation staff will be available at Lunchtime Live! and Movies in the Parks events this summer to speak with community members about future planning. Lunchtime Live! takes place in Bronson Park every Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (from June 8 to September 28), and Movies in the Parks are held on select Fridays at City parks.

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Vision will guide park improvement projects and recreation programs over the next 5-10 years. It also identifies land that should be considered for future parks as well as current park space that is unused or not needed. This work will build upon the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan with a focus on more specific goals, including Inviting Public Places and Youth Development.  

The process was last completed in 2013 and included improvements to Woods Lake Park, Hays Park, and several extensions of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, which have since been completed. The 2013 plan also examined recreation programs and led to the expansion of successful programs and changes to programs that weren’t thriving. The 2013 plan is available in the Parks & Recreation Office located at 251 Mills Street.

Parks & Recreation Departments are required to update their plans every five years to be eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources. Plans are required to meet specific guidelines including the entire inventory of parks, amenities, and programs.

Parks & Recreation staff expect to have a draft prepared in the fall of 2018 and anticipate approval by the City Commission in early 2019.

 

Residents Cautioned to Anticipate Flooding of the Kalamazoo River Beginning Thursday, May 17

Kalamazoo-area residents are cautioned to anticipate flooding of the Kalamazoo River, which is expected to crest at nine feet late on Thursday, May 17 or early on Friday, May 18.

Between four and five inches of rain has fallen in the Kalamazoo River Watershed area in the past approximately 96 hours. The river level will continue to rise as this rainfall makes its way through the watershed and into the river, despite no additional precipitation in the immediate forecast. Gauges upstream and modeling based on past similar rainfall events indicate a crest of 9 feet.

The pdf attached map (1.37 MB) estimates the area at risk for flooding based on the projected crest and the topography of the area. The National Weather Service forecast for the Kalamazoo River is available at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=grr&gage=CMSM4

City officials expect overall impact to be significantly less than the flood event experienced in February of this year, when the river reached a historic level of 11.69 feet. Some road closures are expected including Vine Street near Upjohn Park, Crosstown Parkway near Sheridan, Dutton Street, and streets in the immediate vicinity of the Crosstown Ponds. Portage Road and the viaduct are expected to remain open.

Properties located in low-lying or flood prone areas may be impacted by flooding, including properties near the Crosstown Ponds, in the Ray Street/Ampersee Avenue area, and the Lakewood Neighborhood in Kalamazoo Township. City of Kalamazoo Public Services staff will make sand bags available at the parking lot of Washington Square Co-op Apartments (710 Collins Street) and at the Edison Neighborhood Association (816 Washington Avenue) at no-cost for community members. Owners and occupants of at-risk properties are encouraged to take precautions to minimize potential damage to their homes and property. Sand bags will be available beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

Local officials are encouraging community members to reach out to friends and family members who may be at risk to ensure they are aware of the potential for flooding. City officials will continue to monitor the Kalamazoo River and provide updates as needed. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid standing water and not to move or drive around barricades.

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