Shawnee City Commissioners will meet briefly Monday, as few agenda items are up for their consideration — but one will bring new changes to city code.

Shawnee City Commissioners will meet briefly Monday, as few agenda items are up for their consideration — but one will bring new changes to city code.

After deferring the item at their last meeting, commissioners will consider an ordinance to establish local rules regarding the recently passed medical marijuana law.

The state Department of Health began accepting applications for medical marijuana licenses Aug. 25.

Shawnee City Attorney Joe Vorndran and Community Development Director Justin DeBruin worked on the language for the local ordinance, based on the state health department's recently established emergency rules.

DeBruin said he compared state rules to local zoning codes, choosing the most appropriate areas for facilities to fit within current standards.

DeBruin classified four or five types of facilities where only commercial marijuana processors, growers can be limited to indoors, specifically, in commercial districts.

Research facilities and dispensaries shall be located in C3 and C4 districts, DeBruin said — which is the city's highway commercial district (the main commercial district), along with C4, the downtown district.

“Research facilities can be anything from a one-room operation to an industrial-sized operation,” he said. “So, because of that ambiguity, I believe it should be a conditional-use permit.”

Industrial districts I-2 and I-3, which should be the city's medium- and high-level industrial districts, would allow locations for a proper sight-proof fence, where there could be growing operations outdoors, DeBruin said.

“We restrict that for the commercial uses, but allow that under certain circumstances under I-2 and I-3,” he said.

Only Commercial Marijuana dispensaries can be in the CP District, Shawnee Mall's designation, DeBruin said — which is very similar to C3.

“All these are completely appropriate for retail establishments, as we currently allow them in zoning,” he said.

The city, however, does not allow commercial growth in its agricultural district.

“It's restricted from A-1,” he said. “But personal medical-use growing would be allowed in A-1.”

He said, outside of those conditions, the city is following the state standards.

“This includes locations being at least 1,000 feet away from a public or private school,” he said. “We went a little bit further, in that we have included colleges and universities, juvenile or adult halfway houses, correctional facilities or substance abuse, rehabilitation or treatment centers, commercial daycare facilities and really any other licensed establishment that needs to be 1,000 feet away.”

What this does is keeps the city from having a grouping of any type of specific use directly together, he said, “to make sure we have that separation involved, as well.”

Outside of that, DeBruin said the rules also outline medical marijuana growing facilities for personal medical use.

Specifically for license-holders, he said growing would be restricted to the indoors.

“This would require licensing through the city and some of the restrictions put in place here — really access to these facilities — being houses — must be under lock-and-key when the resident is outside or away from the house,” he said.

They must comply with the established building and fire codes, with the inclusion of limiting the lighting; it must be less than 1,000 watts, he said.

“This goes back to our basic nuisance standards for the city,” DeBruin said, “making sure that neighboring properties and businesses aren't affected by any of these particular uses.”

Also, the city may consider a resolution to establish a fee for the permitting of a medical marijuana establishment (proposed to be $100), or the registration of a marijuana growing facility (proposed to be $25) for personal medical use.

In other business, commissioners will consider approval of a rezone request for property at 1 Country Club Road, which would change the distinction from A-1; Rural Agricultural District to R-1; Single Family Residential District. Applicants are Charles and Connie Rutherford.

The only items set for the Municipal Authority and Airport Authority agendas are to approve the minutes from the last meetings.

The 6 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.