Mendocino County’s cannabis regulation meetings for December

All sorts of public comments are needed on the county's proposed cannabis regulations in December.

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The Mendocino County seal.
The Mendocino County seal.

MENDOCINO Co. — County Planning Commission Meetings, Board of Supervisors meeting, Government Committee meetings are happening this month, all of which take place in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. These meetings will impact the development of the county’s cannabis regulations and the public is encouraged to attend and provide comments. Meeting dates and descriptions are listed below. Agendas are typically published on the county’s website 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting, and are live broadcast and archived on the county’s youtube site.

Currently, the county is still processing ballots, although this must be completed by December 8. This means Measure AF, proposed cannabis regulations, as well as cannabis tax Measures AI and AJ are not yet approved or rejected by voters. However, Measure AE, a local cannabis business tax for the City of Point Arena, is likely to be approved.

The planning commission is now undergoing environmental review of the county’s proposed cannabis cultivation ordinance.The county is also moving ahead with developing a set of local regulations for other cannabis businesses, including dispensaries, manufacturers, and more in the General Government committee meetings. The Board of Supervisors will be the final approval of both proposed ordinances, but county staff must take into consideration public comments made during the public review periods, either in person or in writing. So get involved if you have comments about how Mendocino will regulate cannabis businesses.

A 30 day public comment period for the environmental review of the cultivation ordinance is currently underway until December 14. Public comments should be submitted to The Department of Planning & Building Services Commission Staff, at 860 North Bush Street, Ukiah Ca, no later than December 14th 2016. Oral comments may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Meeting or at the Public Hearing, listed below.

You can find the full documents here: draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the County’s proposed Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation Ordinance. A copy of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for public review at 860 North Bush Street, Ukiah Ca, and at 120 West Fir Street, Fort Bragg Ca. The staff report will be available on the Department of Planning & Building Services website at http://co.mendocino.ca.us/planning/ publicnotices.htm 10 days prior to the public meeting December 1st. Additional information regarding the above noted item may be obtained by calling the Department of Planning and Building Services at 234-6650, Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Planning Commission – Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 3:00pm – commission will a staff presentation & accept public comments, but not take action, on the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the County’s proposed Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation Ordinance

Board of Supervisors Meeting* – Tuesday, December 6 at 9am – Discussion regarding Supervisors’ plans for cannabis.

Government Committee – Monday, December 12 at 1:30pm – Initial presentation of non-cultivation cannabis licensing i.e. dispensaries, manufacturing, etc.

Planning Commission – Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:00am – the Planning Commission’s report and recommendations to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on the County’s proposed Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation Ordinance

Board of Supervisor’s Meeting* – Monday, December 19 & Tuesday, December 20 at at 9am – Anticipated review of the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance following the Planning Commission’s report and recommendations on the County’s proposed Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulation Ordinance. At this meeting there may be a motion to adopt new regulations.

*Please note: Board of Supervisors’ agendas are often not set until they are published online 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. As such, agenda items may change; please consult the current agenda on the county website. Also, agenda items can be “timed” and set for a certain time of day, or they are simply part of the meeting and will be heard whenever prior items are completed and/or in the order supervisors decide to discuss them.

Thanks to Casey O’Neill for compiling some of these dates.

Kate B. Maxwell, Nov. 30, 2016. KBMaxwell@mendovoice.com.

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