Redmond Ridge residents outraged at proposed pot zoning

REDMOND, Wash. -- An Eastside community is calling on the King County Council to halt the proposed processing of marijuana in their neighborhood. The Redmond Ridge community is worried that proposed boundaries for the legal pot industry could put their children in danger and destroy their neighborhoods.

"Zoning or no zoning it doesn't make sense to put big pot in the middle of a neighborhood," said Jen Boon who is the Redmond Ridge Homeowners Association President.

Redmond Ridge is a part of unincorporated King County. It's a community filled with schools, parks, and hundreds of family with growing children.

Friday night about 75 neighbors, parents and kids gathered at the parking lot of Rosa Parks Elementary to plan their next steps against King County over its proposed pot zoning ordinance.

"I don't think it's reasonable," said Boon.

The proposed ordinance would allow marijuana processing in the Redmond Ridge Business Park. According to the state liquor board, a company called Red Ridge Farms, LLC has applied for a license to start producing marijuana in a large building along 231st Way SE in Redmond Ridge.

"The fact that King County would try and put a pot facility this close to my family and home is egregious," said Elaina Boon who is in the 8th grade.

While the location does fall outside state's 1000 foot buffer zone from schools and parks. Neighbors are almost certain the Red Ridge Trail used by families and children is within 1000 feet of the facility.

"What they haven't counted in the zoning are the public trails, private parks, and the places kids gather," said Jen boon.

Reduced property values and increased crime is also a concern for residents who say keep pot production out Redmond Ridge.

"There's a lot of unknowns," said Julianne Bogaty who lives in the community. "There is basically too many unknowns to go ahead with this ordinance as it's written. It's needs to be amended."

The King County Council will hold a public hearing about the zoning boundaries at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Many who came out to the school parking said they would be in attendance.