Palisade board approves land rezoning for new pot shop

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PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Plans for a recreational pot shop are moving forward in Palisade.

In November, the owner of Happy Camper Cannabis Company won a license, after, winning a lottery, to open a shop in Palisade. The owner wanted it to be on land on North River Road, but that land needed to be rezoned.

On Tuesday night, the Palisade Board of Trustees approved rezoning the land from agricultural to planned development.

The entire team of Happy Camper was at the meeting Tuesday to convince the board of trustees that the rezone is a good idea for everyone.

The decision faced some backlash as others thought Happy Camper was only looking out for their own interests.

"People know our brand and they expect our brand to be the outdoor active life brand," said a representative from Happy Camper.

"A planned development is not circumventing a law, it is the law. It is a tool that applies in a situation when a town wants development in a certain area,” said Colin Moriaty, a lawyer representing Happy Camper.

Renee Grossman, who was a runner-up in the lottery, argued Happy Camper shouldn't be allowed to open if the rezoning is required.

"We oppose it because it does not meet the requirements of your land development code,” said Grossman. "There is no greater benefit to the town by allowing this rezone over following your existing zoning."

"Happy Camper followed the rules of the lottery, they followed the rules of rezoning and they're doing what you asked people to do to get a Planned Development rezoning,” said Moriaty.

Happy Camper needs to get their conditional use permit in order open up. They plan on starting that process right away.

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