Washington State’s marijuana “legalization” experiment has brought about nightmare scenarios of massive marijuana production plants in quiet residential neighborhoods—posing serious threats to both community safety and property values. Residents of Redmond Ridge successfully fended off a marijuana growing warehouse in their neighborhood last year, now it appears to be the turn of a Maple Valley community to fight back against pot proponents.
Maple Valley residents are mobilizing against plans to build a 40,000 square foot marijuana production facility in a residential neighborhood. Concerned residents describe the facility—the largest allowable in King County—as roughly the size of a Home Depot store in a neighborhood of 54 homes.
Residents also have suspicions of inside dealing by King County officials. From MyNorthwest.com,
“Neighbors claim the property owner’s application for a commercial site development permit is filled with omissions, inconsistencies and outright misstatements regarding traffic, access, safety and environmental issues. More sinister, they say, is the evidence that somebody in the county’s permitting agency helped the property owner submit his application before a new, more restrictive county law took effect this summer.”
Several King County Councilmembers have promised to look into the allegations. Although it has no impact on the Maple Valley project in question, the Council “approved a one-year moratorium Monday on similar projects and directed the county executive to search out similarly isolated industrial zones.”
Before pot production could commence, a county building permit and a license to produce marijuana must still be obtained by the landowner attempting to build the massive marijuana plant in the Maple Valley neighborhood.