The ordinance will be introduced by title only — meaning its details are not yet known. However, Thursday's introduction will not decide the ordinance's fate.
If introduced, the ordinance will be forwarded to the township's Planning Board for review and comment, possibly as soon as its Monday meeting. The board's comments will be returned to the council for review, a public hearing and a possible vote at some unspecified future date.
The applicant — ADPP Enterprises — would then have to return to the Planning Board for approval of its operation plan.
The Township Committee hosted a special meeting last week to discuss an amendment to the current marijuana ordinance. It presented the council an opportunity to allow one business within the city limits, but everyone left the meeting without a decision.
Now, a vote is expected on the potential update to the ordinance at the committee's Thursday meeting.
Committee members passed an ordinance barring cannabis businesses from opening earlier this year, but will discuss an amendment that would allow one cannabis retailer to open at 231 Route 17 North.
An ordinance that would allow a retail cannabis store to operate on Route 17 north failed to secure Township Council approval at a hearing Monday.
A vote was postponed until Thursday on Ordinance 1956. It would rezone the former gas station property at 231 Route 17 north — just south of the West Ramapo Avenue exit — to allow retail sales of marijuana products to adults age 21 and older.