FARMINGTON -- City leaders have imposed a temporary moratorium on smoke shops in this community while waiting for new state guidelines to take effect on July 1.
In action taken recently, the city council voted unanimously to impose temporary zoning regulations in regard to smoke shops. The temporary regulation comes with a six-month time limit, which should give local leaders time to enact regulations for smoke shops, consistent with new state guidelines, City Manager Dave Millheim said. He noted there are no pending applications that would be impacted by the guidelines.
Millheim said he dislikes imposing temporary regulations or moratoriums, but said the move will help provide consistency in the guidelines.
Dave Petersen, community development director, said the temporary zoning regulation comes at the same time the planning commission is discussing possible smoke shop guidelines.
Millheim stresses city leaders are not trying to block any potential business from coming into the community.