Wellington to talk medical pot, airstrips, bacon and bourbon Tuesday


Wellington’s village council faces a packed agenda Tuesday, with two controversial items leading the lineup: medical marijuana dispensaries and a proposed aviation-equestrian development.

Here is a look at some of the topics most likely to generate discussion among council members and the public at the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

Medical marijuana dispensaries

As other Palm Beach County municipalities make decisions on the industry, Wellington’s staff has been researching how to allow dispensaries in the village — with some restrictions.

RELATED: Here’s how Wellington could handle medical pot dispensaries

State law requires counties and municipalities treat medical pot dispensaries no differently than pharmacies. So Wellington will consider a proposed zoning change that would limit pharmacies and dispensaries to be no closer than 1,000 feet to a primary or secondary school; require them to be at least 10,000 square feet; and implement a limit of no more than one pharmacy or dispensary per commercial development.

Standalone pharmacies and medical pot dispensaries along State Road 7 or with frontage on the road would not have to comply with those restrictions.

Flying Cow Ranch

This proposed development would bring homes with stables and a private airstrip to 150 acres just south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve. While the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustments Board last month recommended approval of the developer’s zoning and comprehensive plan requests, board members stopped short of giving the OK to a site plan that includes extending the current 1,800-foot airstrip to more than 4,800 feet.

RELATED: Is proposed Wellington airstrip, community too close to Aero Club?

At that meeting, Aero Club residents said they were concerned that extending the now little-used airstrip would increase the possibility of collisions with aircraft from their runway. The site plan request is not part of Tuesday’s discussion, as the developers meet with Aero Club residents to iron out possible flight-plan overlap.

Equestrian activities

The village council will discuss a seasonal permit for activities at the Global Dressage Complex along South Shore Boulevard. Officials expect more competitors in Wellington this year as the equestrian world prepares for the World Equestrian Games next year in Tryon, N.C.

Bacon and Bourbon Fest

The Bacon and Bourbon Fest is leaving Delray Beach for the Wellington Amphitheater complex in March 2018. The village council will discuss a proposed partnership with the festival’s operator, Delray Beach Arts Inc., where Wellington would waive fees for use of the amphitheater and community center properties.



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