ONTARIO — During a public meeting at its Nov. 9 meeting, the Ontario City Council decided to table action on a public hearing regarding an annexation request by a future recreational marijuana retailer. Ontario Community Development Director Dan Cummings told the council that if they had no legal reason to deny the request, they could potentially be facing litigation if they did so. As such, since the council “unexpectedly” didn’t have their attorney present, the group voted 5-2 to table the matter until they could see legal counsel. Mayor Riley Hill and Councilor Michael Braden voted no on tabling the outcome of the public hearing.
The matter is listed on the council’s agenda packet for tonight’s meeting, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Ontario City Hall.
After successfully making its way through the Planning and Zoning Commission, the annexation request by Gold Thumb Investments was brought before the city by Cummings. The proposal was to approve the commission’s finding of facts and approve the ordinance to annex and rezone a parcel of land off of North Verde Drive and Northwest 22nd Avenue from Urban Growth Area Industrial to City Light Industrial.
While there was no