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Littleton 7.18.13 July 18, 2013 Arapahoe County, Colorado • Volume 124, Issue 25 75 cents A Colorado Community Media Publication Retail marijuana looks probable Council talks generally favor sales in Littleton By Jennifer Smith Littleton will be one of just a few southmetro cities to allow retail marijuana sales starting Jan. 1 if council keeps heading in the direction it set out on July 9. It was a study session, so no official action could be taken. But five of the seven councilors agreed in theory that Littleton should lift its moratorium on retail sales on Oct. 1, when the state will start accepting applications. Mayor Debbie Brinkman, who led the city’s charge against synthetic marijuana two years ago, and Councilor Bruce Beckman, a retired police commander, were opposed. However, medical marijuana patients younger than 21 might have to leave city limits to fill their prescriptions. Council seems to be leaning toward letting existing dispensaries operate retail outlets inside their current facilities rather than requiring them to have separate licenses and distinct entrances. However, state law forbids anyone younger than 21 from entering a retail marijuana store. Littleton’s law limits the number of dispensaries to four, and staff recommends expanding that to mean no more than four marijuana-related businesses. So if all four dispensaries choose to add retail to their operations, patients 21 and younger with MMJ cards will have to look elsewhere. Only Councilor Jim Taylor was opposed, saying he’d prefer separating retail and MMJ facilities so 18-year-old patients can continue to obtain their medicine legally in the city. “I’ve got this feeling they can still medicate somewhere,” countered Councilor Jerry Valdes. The owners of CannaMart dispensary, one of four in the city, have indicated they will apply for a retail license. The store is moving from Arapahoe Road and Broadway to 1080 W. Littleton Blvd., and building out the space to conform to all state and local requirements. “Our plan would be to stay on top of the Pot continues on Page 10 Impact fees would help, study says Recommendations call for developers to pay up By Jennifer Smith Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Here, R.J. Gragg of Centennial lines up a serve at the pickleball court that opened last month at the Lone Tree Rec Center. Photos by Deborah Grigsby Pickleball making quite a racket Hybrid sport takes root in south metro area By Anna Sutterer Special to Colorado Community Media Pickleball players use small paddles, similar to those used in ping-pong, and a plastic wiffle-like ball. Wooden paddles are typically used by beginning players. More advanced players often opt to use rackets made of more lightweight materials, such as composites or graphite. POSTAL ADDRESS A fast-growing sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong, pickleball has swept across America and made its way to south metro Denver. South Suburban Parks and Recreation embraced the trend last November at its Sheridan center and expanded it to the Lone Tree location last month. The Buck and Goodson recreation centers, in Littleton and Centennial respectively, are also exploring adding the hybrid sport, if enough interest is expressed. While the game is new to many, its roots date back decades. Pickleball continues on Page 9 LITTLETON INDEPENDENT (ISSN 1058-7837) (USPS 315-780) OFFICE: 9137 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 PHONE: 303-566-4100 A legal newspaper of general circulation in Englewood, Colorado, the Littleton Independent is published weekly on Thursday by Colorado Community Media. PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO AND ADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: Send address change to: 9137 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 DEADLINES: Display advertising: Thurs. 11 a.m. Legal advertising: Thurs. 11 a.m. Classified advertising: Mon. 12 p.m. Some citizens opposed to high-density projects in Littleton have complained that the city doesn’t charge developers for its trouble, but city council appears poised to silence that concern. “In light of renewed interest in development and the prospect of considerable future development activity, the city council is considering development impact fees as part of its larger strategy to ensure that growth pays its own way and that existing residents and existing services are not financially burdened by new growth,” writes Ford Frick of BBC Research and Consulting, hired by the city to help formulate a plan. BBC recommends charging impact fees of $5,274 per dwelling unit for residential construction, and $1,811 per 1,000 square feet of commercial, which he said is moderate compared to other metro-area cities. The money can only be used for expansion of capital assets necessary due to growth, not maintenance. But Frick warns that not all growth causes costs, and not all costs are caused by growth. “As we’ve become acutely aware in the last few years, our capital needs continue even though we stop growing,” he said of Littleton. Councilor Bruce Stahlman wondered Fees continues on Page 10 WHO WOULD GET THE MONEY? Fire — residential $366, non-residential $183 Museum — residential $849, non-residential $0 Library — residential $511, non‐residential $0 Police — residential $318, non-residential $159 Facilities — residential $1,370, non-residential $685 Parks — residential $1,543, non-residential $0 Transportation — residential $317, non-residential $784 Total — residential (per dwelling unit) $5,274, non‐ residential (per 1,000 square feet) $1,811 GET SOCIAL WITH US The Littleton Independent wants to share the news. Check out and like our page on facebook. Search for Littleton Independent. 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