Get ready for a LOT of cannabis rules.
On February 6th, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors met to consider an ordinance and policy amendments for land use activities associated with commercial cannabis. Currently and historically, all commercial cannabis activities have been prohibited within unincorporated Santa Barbara County. The Board of Supervisors approved the proposed ordinances “in concept,” together with some revisions regarding buffer zones, a delay in instituting energy conservation plans, an elimination of odor control requirements on certain large parcels in the AG-2 zone, a limit on where outdoor marijuana cultivation is allowed, and a cap on the number of retail locations. The ordinances will receive a second reading at the next meeting on February 13th, and will likely be adopted.
One of the highlights from the meeting was the decision to cap the number of available marijuana retail licenses at eight. These licenses will certainly be prized. Note that initially, the county had no cap, and there would have been 284 parcels where retail stores were allowed, a number that the Board of Supervisors deemed excessive and “outrageous.”
Here are some of the highlights from the proposed ordinances:
No commercial cannabis activity will be allowed in the areas of Montecito that are subject to the Montecido Land Use and Development Code (MLUDC) regulations.
For areas subject to the MLUDC’s regulations, the following would be allowed.
Commercial cannabis cultivation and nurseries, subject to a Land Use Permit (LUP) in the AG-I, AG-II, C-3, M-RP, M-2 and M-2 zones;
Non-volatile manufacturing, subject to an LUP, in the AG-I, AG-II, C-1, C-2, C-3, CS, SC, M-RP, M-1, M-2, MU, CM-LA, OT-R/LC, and OT-R/GC zones;
Volatile manufacturing subject to a Major Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in the AG-I-AG-II, M-1, and M-2 zones;
Testing, subject to an LUP in the C-3, PI, MR-P, M-1, and M-2 zones;
Retail sales, subject to an LUP, in the C-1, C-2, C-3, SC, M-1, MU, CM-LA, OT-R/LC, and OT-RGC zones;
Distribution subject to a Minor CUP (MCUP) in the AG-1 zone, and subject to an LUP in the AG-II, C-3, M-RP, M-1, and M-2 zones; and
Microbusinesses, subject to a CUP in the AG-II, C-1, C-2, C-3, CS, M-1, and M-2 zones.
For areas subject to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO) regulations, the following would be allowed:
Commercial cannabis cultivation and nurseries subject to an LUP in the AG-I, AG-II, and M-RP zones;
Non-volatile manufacturing subject to an LUP in the AG-I, AG-II, C-1, C-2, and M-RP Continue Reading
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