Sonoma County Launches Cannabis Program Review | Press releases | County Administrator’s Office
Holy Rose, California – June 11, 2021 – The Sonoma County Supervisory Board this week approved the use of $ 370,000 in one-time funds to accelerate progress on the backlog of cannabis license applications, as well as for public awareness and staff support in developing cannabis policy goals as the basis for an Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act.
On May 18, 2021, the council voted 5-0 to reject the recommendation of the Planning Commission to adopt the Ordinance on Commercial Cultivation of Cannabis in Agricultural and Resource Areas, also known as Chapter 38, which would have simplified the authorization of cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource areas. plots in Sonoma County.
“Since 2017, staff’s ability to review cannabis permits has suffered due to recovery requirements from successive natural disasters,” said Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County Supervisor, Chair of the Oversight Board. “This investment will help accelerate the backlog, support the environmental due diligence needed to develop a suitable cannabis policy, and avoid delays and disruption to other planning projects and the department’s regular operations.” Endless delays due to limited staff capacity harm both producers and neighbors who need to know whether pending projects are allowed or not. “
Public workshops for Sonoma to gather feedback from stakeholders regarding cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County are expected to begin in August, with the council policy workshops scheduled to begin in September. Based on this timetable, an updated draft ordinance could be ready in early 2022 and a draft environmental impact report in the fall of 2023. A Planning Commission hearing on the draft revised order could take place in the spring of 2024, followed by a Board hearing on the new order in the summer. 2024.
In addition to the one-time use of Cannabis program funds, county officials plan to pursue an application for the state’s local jurisdiction assistance grant program, which includes one-time funding of $ 100 million for help local governments process application workloads and expedite permit resolution. This funding opportunity is subject to the formal adoption of the state budget.
For more information on the Sonoma County Cannabis Program, please call (707) 565-2431, email [email protected] or visit https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/cannabis- program /.
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