Hancock annual town meeting preview

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When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Hancock Elementary School, Route 43

A zoning bylaw proposed by the Select Board to be voted on at town meeting would make it very difficult to open any sort of marijuana establishment in town. The "Marijuana Zoning Bylaw" would require that a medical marijuana treatment center, a marijuana retailer, or an indoor marijuana cultivator all be required to be located on a minimum of 4 acres, and that the building sit 300 feet from the roadway. Outdoor marijuana cultivation would be prohibited outright. The proposal also would limit all three business types to no more than two establishments in town, and they must be owned and operated by different parties.

Marijuana zoning: By state law, changes to zoning requirements require a two-thirds majority vote at town meeting. The marijuana zoning law also would require a site review and application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special use permit.

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According to Town Clerk Linda Burdick, the marijuana proposal likely will draw the most discussion during town meeting. She said there are some who think it is too restrictive, and others who think it is not restrictive enough. "Some interest has been expressed," she said.

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Fiscal 2020: $2.2 millionIncrease/decrease: NA

The proposed budget — it includes the school budget ($1.7 million) — totals about $5,000 less than the current year's budget. It also would transfer $500,000 from free cash to keep the tax rate stable.

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Tax rate

If everything passes as proposed, the tax would wind up at about $3.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

— Scott Stafford


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