SB County Supervisors to Eye Cannabis Law Changes July 9

In the ongoing battle to fine tune local cannabis laws, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. July 9 in the Betteravia Government Administration Building, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria. 

After months of wrangling with cannabis opponents from both ends of the county, as well as rather damning media coverage by an out-of-town newspaper, supervisors will mull over changes to land-use rules and licensing ordinance. 

Planning Commission recommendations for changing the county land-use and development code and coastal zoning ordinance will be discussed by the supervisors, according to the board’s agenda. https://santabarbara.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4055270&GUID=E54396CF-91E8-4AA6-A873-2B824899420E&Options=&Search= 

To be discussed is an amendment to the cannabis code, which only covers unincorporated areas outside cities, that would boost the area where residents must be informed when commercial pot activities are proposed within a residential neighborhood or that require public roadway use around that zone. 

Supervisors will look at more regulation on commercial cannabis operations in areas zoned Agriculture 1, requiring a conditional-use permit on property less than 20 acres where only a land-use permit is required. 

Residents from Carpinteria to Santa Ynez have been howling at county supervisors all year to do something about the “skunk” smell around cannabis-growing areas. Some residents and businesses just want the county to cut back on cannabis permits. 

It has been suggested that cannabis cultivators prove how effective their odor-control systems are while applying for a business license. 

In what is expected to a long, contentious board meeting, South Coast residents can view it on http://sbcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?camera_id=4 

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