MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (1/3/2018) - Some people who live in Mt. Morris Township are concerned about a rezoning request that could lead to construction of a medical marijuana facility.
The neighbors planned to speak out at a planning commission meeting Wednesday evening. The commission will be considering five applications to change zoning to allow for medical marijuana grow and processing facilities.
One request has upset neighbors in a rural area of the township on the southwest corner of Mt. Morris and Jennings roads. The land is wooded and located just outside a subdivision.
"They've mentioned the crime and the fact that it's residential and the children," said Karen Hicks. "There's a lot of children that play up and down here. It's still a dirt road."
Currently, the land in question is zoned for Community Commercial but the applicant, Andrews Properties, would like to see it changed to light manufacturing.
The application for the zoning change says it would be used for future planned development for a cannabis cultivation, processing and provisioning facility. If that was built, some think it would not be good for the neighborhood.
"I never thought I'd ever see the day where we're at today with it," Hicks said. "I'm not against it at all. I know that it does help a lot of people in pain. I just think there's a proper place for everything and it's not here."
The meeting got under way at 5:30 p.m. Watch for more coverage of the proceedings on ABC12 this evening.