WATERVILLE — The Planning Board on Monday will host a public hearing to discuss appropriate sites for and possible restrictions on medical marijuana-related businesses.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown.

City councilors recently voted to request the Planning Board to recommend appropriate places for medical marijuana dispensaries, storage sites and other related operations. The council also is asking planners to recommend restrictions for those businesses.

The public will have a chance at Monday’s hearing to comment and ask questions.

City Manager Michael Roy said recently that the city has not received any requests from people wanting to open dispensaries, storage places or other operations.

In July and August 2010, however, councilors agreed to a six-month moratorium on accepting applications and issuing permits for medical marijuana-related operations, saying they did not want them in or around downtown. At the time, a company cited the former KFC building on Water Street in the city’s South End as a possible site for a medical marijuana dispensary. The company ultimately located elsewhere.

In other matters Monday, the board will consider a request by West River Road Enterprises to rezone 288 West River Road from commercial-B to commercial-A to install a new gasoline pump canopy. Commercial-B does not meet the required building setbacks.

Also, Waterville businessman Bill Mitchell is scheduled to request that his property at 319 Main St. be rezoned from commercial-C to commercial-A so he can put apartments in a barn at the rear of the property.

Mitchell owns a house and attached barn on the property, which is at the corner of Main and High streets. Two offices are housed in the former home, and Mitchell wants to build four one-bedroom apartments in the barn.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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