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) public review period closed on December 23, 2019. Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) will be meeting to make their recommendations on the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance to the Planning Commission. The document can be accessed electronically from the links below. Click HERE for the meeting schedule and HERE for the staff memo with attachments.

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


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