Cannabis maker wants Hatfield to waive impact fee

Published: 01/12/2022 20:06:28

HATFIELD – The founders of a cannabis manufacturer that opened on Routes 5 and 10 in May 2020 are asking Hatfield town officials to consider removing the annual impact fee from its community hospitality agreement .

But Select Board members told Treeworks representatives on Tuesday they would need to get more information about how the company has affected city services before renegotiating the terms of the deal.

Having yet to receive a 3% impact fee payment, Chair Diana Szynal said her intention was not yet to reduce or adjust the arrangement, although she might be willing to do so. .

“Hatfield has been, I think, a great community to work with for our cannabis businesses,” Szynal said.

Treeworks co-founder Tim Kane said many communities are dropping impact fees because they don’t see negative impacts from cannabis manufacturers and retailers, even if it was a fear when signing agreements with host communities. His colleague, MacKae Freeland, said Treeworks is tucked away at 3 West St. and there has been no reliance on police or traffic details, as has been the case in other communities. .

In Northampton, former mayor David Narkiewcz announced in January 2021 that the city would stop collecting such mitigation fees, although this comes after the city had already secured $3.1 million in community impact fees on several years, calculated at 3% of annual gross income.

“I think what we’re trying to highlight here is that Treeworks itself doesn’t really have a negative impact, only a positive impact on the Municipality of Hatfield,” the co-founder said. Milo Childs Campolo. He said the company has hired more than a dozen people and supports other businesses in the city, such as RK Miles, the Smithsonian Chowderhouse restaurant and Waxwing.

Some board members, Edmund Jaworski and Brian Moriarty, both said they needed to find out about the company’s impacts from city departments.

“We need to internally get a little more information and do more research,” Moriarty said.

Board members have pledged to do so soon so that a decision can be made.

Before Northampton waived its impact fee, the city estimated it had spent around $1 million of that money on projects such as road repairs, such as near New England’s Conz Street location Treatment Access.

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