A proposal from a private developer seeking to build a marijuana store in North Bend will have a public hearing next month.
A hearing on the pot shop is scheduled for the Nov. 17 City council meeting. It will then return to the council for a vote at its Dec. 1 meeting. The city’s Planning Commission recommended the council approve the plan on Sept. 24 meeting.
A development agreement between the owners of “The Joint” in Seattle’s University District, and North Bend, could allow them to build a shop along SE North Bend Way. The development agreement would allow the city to change the zoning of the parcel for the store.
A marijuana retail store could bring $100,000 annual to the city through sales tax revenue. And the city could also require an annual $25,000 mitigation payment to offset increases in traffic in the area.
Currently, the Snoqualmie valley has no marijuana stores, and customers must drive to Issaquah, Redmond or Bellevue to reach the nearest store.