Redmond Ridge residents will not get pot businesses in their community after a vote by the Metropolitan King County Council to override a proposal by County Executive Dow Constantine.
The council voted to remove Redmond Ridge’s business park from unincorporated areas of the county that could have pot production and processing facilities.
Entrepreneurs have applied for a 30,000 square foot indoor growing operation in Redmond Ridge’s business park. Constantine had submitted a zoning plan for unincorporated King County that allowed pot production and processing in the business park.
Redmond Ridge residents packed the council chambers through four hours of a meeting that mostly dealt with other issues. They argued that their communtiy is full of children, and pot facilities would be better located in more rural areas. They applauded at Monday’s vote.
Led by Council member Kathy Lambert of Redmond, the council voted 5-4 to exclude Redmond Ridge from pot businesses. She was joined by the council’s other three Republicans — Reagan Dunn, Jane Hague and Pete von Reichbauer — and Democrat Julia Patterson of SeaTac.
Lambert argued that Redmond Ridge is the most densely populated part of unincorporated King County and allowing pot facilities there was “not good public policy.”