Reading last week’s article on the PCDC, it seems that Lyons is at a crossroads on some issues, and the people of Lyons need to get involved. The marijuana issue is a complex issue that has been left very
open by the laws. It needs to be directed by the people of Lyons, for if you don’t direct it, surely there will be people outside of Lyons who will come in and direct it for you. The leaders of the town need your input on these issues because all they are getting now is input from the people connected with the industry. What do you want Lyons to look like in the future? Whether you agree or disagree with this issue you need to decide what the future of Lyons will be, what will Main Street look like, what stores will your children walk by on their way to school, what signs will be up and down the streets?
If you care about this issue you can learn more by downloading and examining two documents from the Town of Lyons website (click on the PCDC public hearing notice for November 22, 2010). Or you can go to town hall to get the documents. The first document is Proposed Ordnance 888, which will change the zoning codes to allow certain medical marijuana activities (growing, selling, etc.) in certain areas of the town. The second document is the current zoning map, which you need to understand where the ordnance has an effect. For example, the ordnance will potentially allow marijuana grow operations on all town agricultural land - to understand the implications of this, you can locate agriculture (A1 or A2 land) on the zoning map. Another issue that is interesting is the proposal to exclude 2 blocks of the downtown area from any medical marijuana storefronts. Some people may feel this is just right or not restrictive enough. Medical marijuana shop owners, on the other hand, want to maximize their sales by locating in the center of our downtown area as visibly as possible. Whatever your opinion, the Town needs to hear. Hopefully we will see you at the public hearing on the 22 of November!
So get to the meetings and let the leaders know what you want Lyons to be. I have a good friend who lives in a very small town who once told me, “You need to be involved in what’s going on, for if you don’t, you get what’s coming to you.”