Council prepares for pot proposal, allows home-based firearms business

Port Huron City Council took action this week to protect zoning restrictions for marijuana related businesses in the city. Council last month passed an ordinance which would permit the sale of adult use cannabis in the city – with limitations on how many stores can be operated and where they can be located . However a recent petition drive seeks to undo that ordinance and replace it with a new, less restrictive one. “This was to safeguard zoning issues should the other ordinance (proposal one) pass at the election,” said Repp. Under the revised ordinance which passed Monday, marijuana businesses may not be operated in residential zones and must be at least a thousand feet from a school and 500-feet from a childcare center or park.

Port Huron City Council this week approved a Special Use Permit request for a home-based Federal Firearms License business to operate out of a home in the 1500 block oof Chestnut Street. Mayor Pauline Repp says the owner of the business was denied by the planning commission and appealed to City Council Monday, who ultimately voted in their favor. “I thought it was a safe option, but certainly if something isn’t going right, we can pull the permit,” said Repp. No ammunition would be allowed on the premises of the business and customers would be limited to six per day. City council also voted Monday to enact three rezoning ordinance for area development projects, including the former Smith Family Funeral Home and First Congregational Church both on 7th Street, as well as for a vacant parcel near Desmond landing.

October 27 Pauline Repp