Office space at the Horizon Flat Business Center in Winthrop is the  proposed location for a marijuana retail store. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

Office space at the Horizon Flat Business Center in Winthrop is the proposed location for a marijuana retail store. File photo by Laurelle Walsh

A Winthrop Town Council decision not to revise industrial zoning in the Horizon Flats area to allow retail marijuana sales has been appealed by Austin Lott, who had requested the zoning change.

Lott hopes to open a marijuana retail outlet in Horizon Flats, but the council rejected the zoning change earlier this month because, they said, it is incompatible with predominantly light-industrial uses in the area.

Lott pointed out that retail sales operations already exist at several Horizon Flats businesses. Although some firms in the Horizon Flats area do have retail sales, they are secondary to the main purpose of light industrial usage, town planner Rocklynn Culp responded.

Town clerk Michelle Gaines said this week that at the council’s April 2 meeting, staff will recommend that they schedule a public hearing on April 16 to consider Lott’s appeal.

The council had earlier scheduled a public hearing on the broader issue of whether marijuana sales should be allowed anywhere in the town. Gaines said the staff will recommend that the council postpone that hearing until it deals with Lott’s appeal.