Couple seeks permit to grow medical marijuana in Windsor Twp.
- York Township couple seeking grower/processor permit for Windsor Township property.
- Couple needs approval from zoning board, which must interpret agricultural zoning ordinance.
- State Department of Health plans to limit initial grower/processor permits handed out to 25.
A York Township couple is seeking a medical marijuana grower/processor permit for their property in Windsor Township.
Keith and Cathy Shaffer sent a letter, through their attorney, in October to the township seeking an interpretation of the local zoning ordinance to determine if they can cultivate and process medical marijuana.
The property, at 900 Delta Road, is zoned General Commercial (C-1), which permits agricultural use, but the township has elected to hold a hearing on the matter because the zoning ordinance does not specifically reference marijuana.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 16, for the creation of a state medical marijuana program, into law in April.
Kipp Allison, Windsor Township's zoning officer, said he was surprised when he first found out about the Shaffers' intentions.
"I never thought little Windsor Township would be one of the first to potentially receive a medical-marijuana permit," he said. "I didn't see it coming."
The matter will be brought before the township's Zoning Hearing Board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal office, located at 1480 Windsor Road.
Allison said the township advertised the meeting in local newspapers, including The York Dispatch, as is required to alert interested parties that might wish to attend.
He added that the matter might require multiple hearings before a final decision is made.
Ed Paskey, an attorney representing the Shaffers, said it's important to note that the couple has no interest in seeking a dispensary license.
The property in question currently houses KJS Industrial Services Inc., a foundry equipment sales and services business, and Stow and Go Self Service LLC, a mini-storage company.
The medical marijuana growing and processing business would replace KJS in its 6,500-square-foot building, Paskey said.
Paskey said the entire operation would be indoors and no one would notice any difference to the property externally.
"It's important to them that they be good neighbors," he said.
The couple is working with a group that includes four or five other people, Paskey said, and the group has been engaging multiple consultants to ensure that they're in a good position to receive one of the few licenses available.
The state Department of Health, which is in the process of creating rules and regulations for the new program, has said it will initially issue no more than 25 permits for growers/processors.
"My clients understand this is the first step in a long process," Paskey said.