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Santa Cruz County Cannabis EIR Update and Important Meeting Dates
A draft Environmental Impact Report on establishing a regulated cannabis trade in the County concludes that a more permissive approach is an “environmentally superior alternative” to either a ban or a more restrictive proposed ordinance under consideration.
Important Meeting Dates and EIR update from GreenTrade
I hope you weathered the wild Labor Day Weekend and are ready for a busy September.
We’ve been diving in and out of the EIR and below is a very brief update. There will be a public presentation by County staff and the consultants tomorrow at 6 PM. Some other important meetings coming up are listed as well.
After 8 months and nearly $1 million dollars, a draft Environmental Impact Report on establishing a regulated cannabis trade in the County concludes that a more permissive approach is an “environmentally superior alternative” to either a ban or a more restrictive proposed ordinance under consideration.
The report has been circulating among County staff for the last several weeks and was released to the public on Aug 31. The comment period runs through Oct 15. A public meeting to present the draft will be held Wed (Sept 6) at the BOS chambers in the County Building at 6:00 PM.
The 637 pages plus appendices is the most comprehensive quantitative analysis to date of cannabis operations in Santa Cruz County. While acknowledging the difficulty in acquiring solid, verifiable data it offers a credible “baseline” from which to begin discussing how to treat the local cannabis trade.
The “More Permissive Alternative” increases the amount of cultivation that can occur by reducing the minimum parcel sizes in the A and RA zoning districts, allowing cultivation within the 1 mile buffer zone for RA, TP and SU zoning, allowing cultivation in the 2nd district and reducing required setbacks from habitable structures. It also increases allowable canopy limits.
In addition most manufacturing activities are proposed to be conditionally permitted through required discretionary land use permit approval(s) in addition to a license
Copies of the proposed County ordinances for both cultivation and manufacturing can be seen here:
Important meeting dates and times:
Wednesday, Sept 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Public Information Meeting to Present the Draft Cannabis EIR;. Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chambers
Thursday, Sept 7 BOS Agenda for Sept 12 meeting published
Tuesday, Sept 12, 9AM Board of Supervisors Meeting
Wednesday, Sept 13 7PM, Support Santa Cruz Cannabis Kickoff Public Meeting
Thursday, Sept 14 5:30 PM Cultivators Workshop with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board discussing state-level requirements for licensing with these agencies
Friday, Sept 15, 11:30 AM “Drugs, Bugs and Slugs” Santa Cruz County Assn of Realtors, 2525 Main St ($15 Registration fee)
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