City Council Advances Tax on Marijuana Sales, Approves New Public Works Standards and Hears an Update on Basalt Creek Concept Planning

At the September 15, 2014, meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, the Council held a public hearing on Ordinance No. 748 and unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products in the City of Wilsonville. The ordinance, which is similar to marijuana taxation ordinances passed by the cities of Ashland and Hillsboro in anticipation of potential voter approval of a statewide marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot, imposes a lower tax rate on medical marijuana (5%) than that imposed on recreational marijuana (10%). City staff indicated that taxing marijuana may cause a reduction in the potential number of sellers in the Wilsonville area, with such sellers electing instead to operate in cities without such a tax. The public hearing was held open in order to allow for further public testimony and the second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Monday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Councils Chambers.

Under continuing business the Council approved unanimously on second reading Ordinance No. 747, which adopts updated public works standards that mandate certain materials, design standards, construction specifications and maintenance requirements for public infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, stormwater, sanitary sewer and water systems. Last revised in 2006, periodic updates to the standards ensure that public infrastructure is designed and constructed to current industry practices necessary to provide robust and reliable service to Wilsonville residents and businesses and to protect the general health, welfare, and safety of the public while minimizing maintenance costs and legal liability.

During work session prior to the meeting, the Council reviewed a report from staff and consultants on the Basalt Creek Concept Plan, which guides future development of the Basalt Creek region, an 800-acre unincorporated, rural area between Tualatin and Wilsonville. The report summarizes public input, stakeholder feedback, findings from the existing conditions analysis, land capacity analysis, and previews the initial concepts for development program alternatives, building types and a proposed road network. The joint planning process with the City of Tualatin along with Metro and Washington County began in early 2014 and is planned to conclude in late 2015. A public open house to review development scenarios is planned for early next year and the next joint Council work session with the City of Tualatin is planned for later this year. For more information, visit www.BasaltCreek.com.