West St. Paul City Council chambers

West St. Paul City Council Preview: March 27, 2023

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West St. Paul City Council will consider intoxicating THC licenses, a Petco remodeling to add veterinary services, accept a bid on the Thompson/Oakdale roundabout, and discuss accessory dwelling units.

Intoxicating THC Licenses

At the last meeting, City Council finalized ordinances and licensing to regulate the sale of intoxicating THC products. This time around, Council will consider licenses for specialty retailers, those who devote more than 10% of floor space or receive more than 10% of their income from THC products.

Nothing But Hemp and Lafayette Tobacco are the two licensees being considered. Lafayette Tobacco doesn’t fit the code requirement of being at least 1,000 feet from a school, but staff recommends an exception since they were operating before the moratorium and any subsequent ordinances were passed.

Other Items on the Agenda:

  • Vet at Petco: Petco is remodeling to add veterinary space and coming before Council for a conditional use permit (CUP). Planning Commission approved the CUP on a unanimous vote.
  • Roundabout and trail: Council will hold a public hearing on accepting the bid for the Thompson/Oakdale roundabout and trail project.
  • Accessory dwelling units: It’s currently against code to add an accessory dwelling unit, such as a mother-in-law apartment or detached residence. That kind of flexible housing is encouraged in the 2040 Comp Plan, so Council will discuss the idea of allowing accessory dwelling unites during the Open Council Work Session (OCWS).
  • Park maintenance: During OCWS, Council will discuss a potential reorganization of park and facility maintenance to be cleaner and clearer.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (6 p.m. for the OCWS meeting).

Learn more about how city council works with our Guide to West St. Paul City Council.

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