The City of Las Cruces is considering changing two of the zoning buffers it created in 2021 to apply to cannabis businesses.
On August 23, 2022 at 6 p.m., the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will be the first group to hear the proposal to remove the requirement that cannabis businesses be at least 300 feet away from each other, and the requirement that cannabis businesses be at least 300 feet from residential zoned areas.
Since the rules went into effect many people have pointed out how these restrictions limit a lot of active commercial areas in Las Cruces, many of which are located in areas needing revival. Stretches of Solano and N. Main, for instance, have many commercial businesses that back up to residential districts. Several cannabis businesses have already received zoning variances so they can open despite the restrictions.
After planning and zoning votes on the proposal, it will go to the Las Cruces City Council for a final decision.