On January 31, 2021, Sonoma County released preliminary draft language for a new cannabis cultivation ordinance, along with a draft of the associated subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration. Both documents can be accessed on the county’s cannabis program website. Our preliminary reading shows that this language would be an addition to the existing cultivation permit process that could provide a pathway for those in some zoning classifications (DA, LIA, LEA & RRD with a minimum parcel size of 10 acres) to a local permit through the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures (the “Ag Department”). Some of the draft ordinance includes positive changes, such as the…
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On November 10, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors received a quarterly update from the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee regarding the status of the current permitting program and an update on proposed amendments to the cannabis ordinance. You can view the update here. Of note, the former cannabis program manager Niki Berrocal is no longer working with the county, and the new “point person” for the cannabis program is Assistant County Administrator Christina Rivera, though it seems like she will mainly be overseeing the various county agencies involved rather than making any policy decisions herself. The update included a…
Recently, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to amend certain cannabis-related code enforcement provisions. Most notably, the 50X “permit multiplier” for cannabis has been reduced to 10X to match other commercial violations. Check out this blog post from SCGA Advisory Council member Lauren Mendelsohn of the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, which details the code enforcement update.
On August 6, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized a COVID-19 Eduction and Compliance Program and adopted an Administrative Citiation and Civil Penalty Urgency Ordinance. The presentation can be accessed below. Board of Supervisors Update 08/06/2020
June 14, 2020: Last week, SCGA submitted a letter to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors asking that they consider improvements to the county’s cannabis policies as a way to help with local economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our letter to the Supervisors here. The Supervisors were holding a hearing on the proposed 2020-2021 budget, which has been impacted by not only the ongoing health crisis, but also by devastating fires, floods, and other emergencies that have required attention and resources over the past several years. Earlier in the week, the Sonoma County…
On October 16, 2018, the County updated the Cannabis Ordinance which went into effect on November 15, 2018. This update, Part 1, was the first of two updates. Part 1 had a limited scope focused on neighborhood compatibility issues and aligning the Ordinance with state law where appropriate. Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis. Adopted Ordinances Final Cannabis Ordinance with Attachments (Ord 6245) (PDF: 3.0 MB) Final Cannabis Land Use Table (PDF: 71 kB) Resolution of the Board of Supervisors 18-0442 (PDF: 2.2 MB)…
From the Sonoma County Cannabis Program: The County is currently in the process of updating the Cannabis Ordinance. Based on guidance from the Board, staff is working on amendments to align the Cannabis Ordinance with latest state laws, respond to feedback from the community and build on the lessons learned through the first 10 months of permitting.
These updates will be in two Parts. Part 1 has a limited scope and is focused on bringing forward amendments related to alleviating neighborhood compatibility issues by requiring use permits on smaller rural properties and aligning with state law where appropriate.
Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis.
2018 Ordinance Updates – Part One
Planning Commission-September 6, 2018
Board of Supervisors-August 7, 2018
Planning Commission-June 28 & 7, 2018
2019 Ordinance Amendments – Part 2
Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis and is scheduled to begin in fall 2018.
Read Associate Attorney Lauren Mendelsohn’s August 2018 blog post regarding the Sonoma County Supervisors’ updates to the cannabis ordinance. Published by the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa