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Jenny Tan
Communications Coordinator
625 Court Street, Room 202
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8042
FAX: (530) 669-4029
E-mail:  jenny.tan@yolocounty.org

Proposed Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Draft Environmental Impact Report Released October 25

Post Date:10/25/2019 10:22 AM

Press Release

Proposed Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Draft Environmental Impact Report Released October 25

(Woodland, CA) - The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Proposed Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (Ordinance or CLUO) has been released on October 25, 2019 to the public for review and comment.  The Proposed Ordinance will apply to all unincorporated areas of the County.

The County currently regulates the cultivation of cannabis under the Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance codified in Chapter 20 of Title 5 of the Yolo County Code. The Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance includes standards for setbacks, compliance with State regulations, surety bonding, lighting restrictions for mixed-light cultivation, and implementation and enforcement provisions. The approval process for cannabis cultivation licenses is currently ministerial with no public notification or hearing process. Cannabis cultivation licenses are required to be renewed annually.

With adoption of the CLUO, the County proposes to amend the County General Plan and County Code to continue to regulate, and potentially reduce or expand, allowed cannabis activities in the unincorporated areas of the County. The County is considering five alternative variations to the proposed CLUO, all of which rely on the same underlying regulatory requirements that would regulate cannabis activities through land use, zoning and development standards. The following alternatives vary based on allowed cannabis license types, assumed numbers of operations, allowed location based on zoning, controls on overconcentration, and required buffers from identified sensitive uses:

  • Alternative 1: Cultivation (Ancillary Nurseries and Processing Only) with Existing Limits (Existing Operations with CLUO) (CEQA Preferred Alternative) – 78 licenses
  • Alternative 2: All License Types with Moderate Limits – 132 licenses
  • Alternative 3: All License Types with High Limits – 264 licenses
  • Alternative 4: Mixed-Light/Indoor License Types Only with Moderate Limits, No Hoop Houses or Outdoor Types – 132 licenses
  • Alternative 5: All License Types with Moderate Limits, Within Agricultural Zones Only, No Retail – 130 licenses

A special public meeting before the Planning Commission to accept public comments on the Draft EIR will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 8:30 a.m. at 625 Court Street in Woodland.  In addition, staff will be conducting outreach at community and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings during the 60-day public comment period. A schedule of outreach meetings with dates and locations will be released at a later date.

The DEIR and related documents will be available for public review on October 25 at:  https://www.yolocounty.org/community-services/cannabis-3398. Electronic copies of the document may be provided free of charge. Printed copies will have a copying fee and will be available starting October 25 at the public counter at the Yolo County Department of Community Services, located at 292 W Beamer Street in Woodland.  Printed and electronic copies will also be available at all the Yolo County Library branches, including the Woodland Public Library.  

The public is invited to comment on the DEIR during the 60-day public review period, which runs October 25 through December 23.  All comments on the DEIR must be received by the Yolo County Department of Community Services by 4:00 pm on December 23 in order to be considered.  For more information or to provide Comments should be addressed to Susan Strachan by postal service or hand delivery to 292 West Beamer Street in Woodland, electronic mail to: Cannabis@yolocounty.org or, provided verbally at the Yolo County Planning Commission special public meeting on December 3.  Pursuant to Section 15088(a) of the CEQA Guidelines, late comments will be considered only at the County’s discretion. 


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