Planners Seek Public Comment on Cannabis Law at April 3 Hearing

A 9 a.m. April 3 public comment session on proposed changes in the county cannabis ordinance will be held before the Planning Commission on the first floor of the Engineering Building, 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. 

Proposed changes include banning commercial cannabis growing on small parcels of land zoned for farming in inland areas. 

After public comments are heard, county supervisors want the planning commissioners’ thoughts on possible ordinance amendments before deciding what to do about complaints from residents and other agricultural industry members who say the smell of cannabis ruins their lifestyle or business.

On Jan. 29, county supervisors heard from many Carpinteria residents and North County wine grape growers who said the smell of cannabis is ruining their neighborhoods and enterprises.

County officials might expand requirements for letting residents know when permit applications are filed by cannabis growers in neighborhoods in rural areas and near the coast. 

Planning staff will draft an ordinance for commissioners to consider at a later hearing. 

A week before the April 3 hearing, a staff report will be available on the Planning Commission website: http://sbcountyplanning.org/boards/pc/cpc.cfm

Posted March 22, 2019

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