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Fraser trustees approve economic development, longer pot shop hours

Hank Shell

The Fraser Board of Trustees has approved a motion outlining its support for economic development and directing staff to identify and implement economic development policies.

Trustees passed the measure with a few revisions at their Oct. 21 meeting.

Fraser Developer Clark Lipscomb brought a proposal to the board for tax incentives for builders and businesses at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Lipscomb argued that the town needed to recruit new businesses and development to stay competitive.

Town Manager Jeff Durbin presented the board with the first version of the economic development resolution at that meeting.

The resolution passed on Oct. 21 takes a holistic approach to economic development, pledging support for both new and existing businesses in the town.

It also directs staff to study costs and fees related to business operation and development, implement goals that will be adopted in a future economic development strategic plan and develop programs to support existing businesses and attract new ones.

Durbin said he planned on hiring consultants to assist town staff in fulfilling the resolution’s directives.

The resolution passed unanimously.

Board approves extended pot shop hours

The board also passed a resolution approving extending business hours for a marijuana store located in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center.

Growhouse Fraser LLC requested that the town grant it an extension to operate until 9 p.m.

Earlier this year, the town amended its marijuana policies giving the town board power to grant extended hours for marijuana businesses on a case-by-case basis.

Otherwise, marijuana dispensaries in town limits may operate until 7 p.m.

Growhouse Fraser will be the first marijuana store in Fraser to stay open until 9 p.m.

The resolution passed unanimously.

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