ONTARIO — After tabling a decision on an ordinance to pass planning annexation and rezoning for a future recreational marijuana dispensary at its Nov. 9 meeting, the Ontario City Council picked up the public hearing later that month. There was a lengthy discussion between the council and its lawyer, who was not at the earlier meeting — the reason the matter was been continued. Eventually, the council did pass the land-use request for an annexation and rezone of land in the city’s urban growth boundary. The parcel of land is off of North Verde Drive and Northwest 22nd Avenue, and the request by Gold Thumb Investments rezoned from Urban Growth Area Industrial to City Light Industrial, to eventually include a dispensary and donut shop.
There were two votes on the matter, and Council President Ken Hart, who voted no on both, also attempted to have the matter moved over to voters. However, his motion to do so died on the floor, with no councilors seconding his proposal.
After successfully making its way through the Ontario Planning and Zoning Commission, the annexation and rezone request by Gold Thumb Investments was brought before the city by Ontario Community Development Director Dan Cummings. He