County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

***New***

The Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is now available below.

 

Background

The Board of Supervisors has directed staff to develop comprehensive cannabis regulations for activities associated with the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

Please contact staff with any questions or comments.

Questions regarding Cannabis Land Use Ordinance:

Mindy Fogg, Supervising Planner
Long Range Planning Division
(805) 884-6848
mfogg@countyofsb.org

Jessica Metzger, Senior Planner
Long Range Planning Division
(805) 568-3532
jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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To view a calender of all upcoming Cannabis meeting click here.

California Environmental Quality Act

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development (P&D) Department is the lead agency preparing the PEIR (the Project) with the purpose of informing decision-makers and the public regarding the potential environmental effects related to the Project. The Project would amend the Santa Barbara County Land Use and Development Code, Santa Barbara County Montecito Land Use and Development Code, and Santa Barbara County Coastal Zoning Ordinance to allow certain types of cannabis activities by zone district.  The Project also involves other amendments to the County Code, in order to establish a County licensing program for cannabis-related activities.

Consistent with state law, the Project would regulate cannabis activities within the unincorporated County. The Project is intended to balance the diverse demands for cannabis products with the public health, safety, and welfare of the community through the enactment of strong and effective regulatory and enforcement controls. The Project would regulate how, where, and how much cannabis and cannabis products may be cultivated, processed, manufactured, tested, distributed, and sold while protecting the environment, neighborhood character, and quality of life for people and communities.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Draft PEIR Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program

Click here for:
Draft PEIR

Errata to the Draft EIR for the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program

Draft PEIR - Technical Appendices

The Notice of Availability

For the Draft PEIR by chapter click here.

P&D has prepared a Draft PEIR due to the potential for unavoidable, significant adverse effects to result from project implementation. Significant and unavoidable (Class I) effects on the environment identified in the Draft PEIR include those related to air quality, agricultural resources, noise, and transportation/traffic. Significant and mitigable (Class II) effects on the environment identified in the Draft PEIR include those related to aesthetics and visual resources, agricultural resources, biological resources, cultural resources, geology, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, public services, transportation/traffic, utilities and energy conservation, and population/employment/housing. The Draft PEIR contains four alternatives to the proposed Plan: No Project, Alternative 1, Alternative 2, and Alternative 3 described in detail in the Draft PEIR.

Please provide comments to Jessica Metzger by email at cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org or at 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, prior to the close of public comment on November 16, 2017, at 5:00 P.M. or provide testimony at a public meeting on the date and time specified below.

SANTA BARBARA
Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
Board Hearing Room
Fourth Floor
105 East Anapamu Street

SANTA MARIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
Betteravia Government Center
511 East Lakeside Parkway

For a copy of the PowerPoint presented at the above meetings click here  

Paper copies of the Draft PEIR can also be reviewed at:
Planning and Development – Santa Barbara
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Planning and Development – Santa Maria
624 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Santa Maria Public Library
421 S McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454

To inquire regarding obtaining hard copies of the Draft PEIR contact: Bill's Copy Shop, 1536 State Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 564-4353. Bill’s is offering a discount for printing of the DEIR. The 608-page document without appendices would come to $96.57. Please allow two working days to order copies.

PAST EVENTS
Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Updates

County Planning Commission
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9:00 A.M.
Betteravia Government Center
511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

Remote testimony can also be given at the County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

For a copy of the staff report click here.

Nonconforming Status Determination Process and Amortization Period Ordinance

County Planning Commission
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9:00 A.M.
Betteravia Government Center
511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria

Remote testimony can also be given at the County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

For a copy of the staff report click here.

Notice of Preparation

Click here for:

The Notice of Preparation
The Scoping Document

Proposed Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

The public comment period on the NOP is now closed. This environmental scoping document describes the Cannabis Land Use (CLU) Ordinance and licensing program and provides a preliminary review of the Project’s potential environmental impacts in accordance CEQA.  This scoping document, along with comments received, will assist the County of Santa Barbara in identifying environmental impacts that must be evaluated in the EIR. The EIR will evaluate the environmental impacts of anticipated activities resulting from the implementing proposed draft ordinance language for land use entitlements and licenses. Changes to the proposed draft language may be required based on results of the environmental review and decision-making phases of the Project.

Agricultural Preserve Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, September 1, 2017
Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Fourth Floor
105 East Anapamu Street

A copy of the report is available here.

Montecito Planning Commission

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Planning Commission Hearing Room
123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

A copy of the Power Point is available here.

Ad hoc Committee Update Meetings

Santa Barbara
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
Board Hearing Room, Fourth Floor
105 East Anapamu Street

Santa Maria
Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
Betteravia Government Center
511 East Lakeside Parkway

A copy of the Power Point from the public meetings is available here.

Existing Regulations

The County has recently received various questions from the public regarding recent legislative changes in regards to cannabis regulations. Please select your topic of interest from below. The "Frequently Asked Questions" on these pages are intended to help answer these questions.

Medical Marijuana

Nonmedical Cannabis

State of California Regulation Changes

Please click the link here for the text of SB-94, the State adopted Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and
Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to streamline medical and adult use cannabis regulations and permits at the state level.

 

All comments sent to the above email addresses are part of the public record and subject to the Public Records Act.