Granville approves amendments affecting parking, medical cannabis dispensaries

GRANVILLE — Town council approved amendments to its zoning ordinance for medical cannabis dispensaries and parking density for commercial spaces.

A petition from the Granville Planning Commission to amend the town’s zoning ordinance came before council Tuesday evening.

Parking density would be lower the required parking to 1 space per 200 square feet for retail, 1 per 300 square feet for office space and 1 per 90 for restaurants.

Jason Donahue, of FEOH Realty, requested changing setbacks for building fronts, parking lot requirements and other items.

Among the suggestions:

Front yard setback for buildings be reduced from 50 feet to 25 feet.

Orientation of buildings be changed.

Donahue proposed a planned building not face Town Centre Drive in the University Town Centre. This is a restaurant that would be constructed on a portion of Walmart’s parking lot.

“We compared parking ratios to some other areas around us and we felt this was a fair average of parking for that area,” Mayor Patricia Lewis said.

Lewis said the medical cannabis issue came about from someone out of state asking about the town’s zoning ordinance. The amendment would outline where and when a dispensary could be open in town limits.

Council accepted these amendments, which must now be advertised for public comment.

Lewis aims to hold public hearings March 12 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

In other business:

Council agreed to donate $1,000 to Monongalia County Health Department.

A pedestrian traffic study is being re-evaluated near Walmart.

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