Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

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Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Draft Environmental

Impact Report is Now Available


The Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is now available for 60-day public review. For the current schedule for public outreach meetings on the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Draft Environmental Impact Report, click HERE. The public review period is from Friday, October 25 to Monday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. The document can be accessed electronically from the links below.

Public outreach meetings on the DEIR will be held in November and early December. The meeting schedule will be posted the week of October 28. A special Planning Commission meeting to accept oral comments on the DEIR has been scheduled for December 3 at 8:30 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers (Room 206) at 625 Court Street, Woodland, CA to accept oral comments on the DEIR.  There will be no transcription of oral comments at this meeting.  Comments received will be summarized by staff for inclusion in the Final EIR.  Those who wish to have their verbatim comments incorporated in the Final EIR must submit their comments in writing.

A guide to participation for the Yolo County Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and DEIR is available HERE.

Powerpoint presentations for the November and December 2019 Citizen Advisory Committee, public outreach meetings, and the December 3, 2019 Planning Commission meeting are available. Public Outreach click HERE, Planning Commission click HERE

Yolo County (County) is the Lead Agency for the preparation and review of the DEIR for the Yolo County Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (Proposed Ordinance or CLUO).  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.

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 area 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 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.  The alternatives are:

 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

The County and its consultant, Ascent Environmental, Inc. have prepared a DEIR pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  A Final EIR (Response to Comments) will be prepared following public review and comment.  The County will consider this information when deliberating adoption of the CLUO.  Following certification of the Final EIR and adoption of the CLUO, subsequent proposed cannabis use permit projects may rely on the EIR for CEQA compliance and/or tiering.

Electronic copies of the document may be requested free of charge.  Printed copies of the document may be requested for a fee to cover the cost of copying.  Printed copies of the document are also available for public review at the public counter at the same address provided above.  Printed or electronic copies of the document are also provided at all Yolo County libraries including the Woodland Public Library at 250 First Street, Woodland, CA  95695.   Please contact Susan Strachan (using the contact information provided below) for more information. 

 You may submit comments on the DEIR during the 60-day public review period which begins Friday, October 25, 2019 and ends Monday, December 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm.  All comments on the DEIR must be received by the Yolo County Department of Community Services by 4:00 pm on December 23, 2019 in order to be considered.  Comments may be sent by postal service, electronic mail, hand delivery, or provided verbally at the Yolo County Planning Commission special public meeting on December 3, 2019.  Pursuant to Section 15088(a) of the CEQA Guidelines, late comments will be considered only at the County’s discretion.  Comments must be directed to:


Susan Strachan, Cannabis Program Manager

Yolo County Department of Community Services

292 West Beamer Street

Woodland, CA  95695

(530) 406-4800



Draft Environmental Impact Report

Complete Document

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Draft Environmental Impact Report - 10.25.19


Cover, Notice of Availability, Title Page, Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1.0 - Introduction

Chapter 2.0 - Project Description

Chapter 3.0 - Approach to the Environmental Analysis

Chapter 3.1 - Aesthetics

Chapter 3.2 - Agricultural Resources

Chapter 3.3 - Air Quality and Odor 

Chapter 3.4 - Biological Resources

Chapter 3.5 - Cultural Resources

Chapter 3.6 - Energy

Chapter 3.7 - Geology & Soil

Chapter 3.8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change

Chapter 3.9 - Hazards

Chapter 3.10 - Hydrology and Water Quality

Chapter 3.11 - Land Use

Chapter 3.12 - Noise

Chapter 3.13 - Public Services

Chapter 3.14 - Transportation and Circulation

Chapter 3.15 - Utilities and Service Systems

Chapter 4.0 - Cumulative Impacts and Overconcentration

Chapter 5.0 - Alternatives

Chapter 6.0 - Other CEQA Considerations

Chapter 7.0 - Report Preparation

Chapter 8.0 - References


Appendix A - Notice of Preparation and Comments Received

Appendix B - Cannabis Cultivation Sites in the County

Appendix C - Revised Public Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

Appendix D - CLUO EIR Site Relocation, Construction and Operation - Assumptions for Alternatives

Appendix E - Air Quality, Energy, and Greenhouse Gas Modeling Data

Appendix F - Noise Data

Appendix G - Traffic Impact Analysis for Yolo County Cannabis Ordinance

 Reference documents for the Draft Environmental Impact Report can be accessed and downloaded HERE