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by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, August 24, 2020

On August 17, 2020, following the recommendation of a City Commission Ad Hoc Committee consisting of Commissioner Brian McGillivary, who chaired the committee, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe and Commissioner Tim Werner, the City Commission adopted regulations allowing for adult use marijuana establishments within the City of Traverse City.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette’s office, which is charged with reviewing all applications and issuing the related licenses, in consultation with various departments and agencies, will have complete application packets available on the city’s website at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020.    The City Commission established a limit of four retail establishments and 2 microbusinesses in the city, with no limit on the number of growers, processors, secure transporters or safety compliance facilities.   The city does not allow designated consumption establishments (“marijuana lounges”) or excess marijuana growers.

When the City opened up the application period for medical marijuana provisioning centers (retail outlets), and there was a competitive process for awarding those licenses, the city provided approximately three months for applicants to put together their (extensive) applications.   In that same spirit, the City Clerk will make applications available for all establishment types on September 4, 2020; and for those that will be awarded on a competitive basis (retail establishments and microbusiness), the City Clerk has established an application acceptance window beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020, closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020.   This period of time is the only time in which the City Clerk’s Office will initially accept applications for adult use retail establishments as well as adult use microbusiness establishments.   For the other types of establishments, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis unless otherwise indicated.   Applications must be submitted electronically. 

With respect to retail establishments and microbusinesses, the permits are awarded on a competitive, scored basis.  It is generally anticipated, depending on how the application approval process plays out (factoring in time for appeals, etc.), that licenses for retail and microbusinesses will be awarded in January 2021.   For all other license types, it is anticipated that that a decision on the application will be made within 30-45 days of application submittal.  

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject:           Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Community – Be a Volunteer!

Contact:          Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk, kzeits@traversecitymi.gov

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back?

The City welcomes your active participation on a volunteer City board. Join other volunteers in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting your community!  

The City is seeking applications for the following boards:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals – Regular and Alternate Members
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Election Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission
  • Coast Guard City Committee

As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by email: kzeits@traversecitymi.gov or by dropping your application packet in the red drop box in front of the Governmental Center.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back? 

The City welcomes your active participation on one of many city boards or committees. 

As a Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

Boards with available positions - 

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Election Commission
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Historic Districts Commission 
  • Downtown Development Authority 
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Coast Guard City Committee

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by email: kzeits@traversecitymi.gov or by dropping your application packet in the red drop box in front of the Governmental Center.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

Contact: Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk, kzeits@traversecitymi.gov