Industrial cannabis site proposed for Graton in wetlands, water scarce area along public trail

Impacts to neighbors: decrease in property values, impact on wetlands, groundwater depletion, chemical pollution from pesticides, safety issues,  loss of rural character, crime.

Friends and Neighbors:
Please open the link below for drawings of a proposed cannabis growing and processing facility planned for the west side of the “pumpkin patch” along the West County Trail just south of Graton. This mammoth project calls for 18 greenhouses, 30 parking spaces, 8′ high perimeter fencing, 12 water tanks, 2 buildings (5050 sq. ft.), a security station, camera surveillance, outdoor grow, nighttime lighting – all accessed by narrow Railroad St.

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A24ee04ba-59a1-4c19-b2bc-8a867bee1dc8

Neighbors all over the county have w been objecting to industrial cannabis grows in neighborhoods. Will Graton be the next sacrifice or will supervisors step up?

Additionally, new cannabis regulations are being considered at theBoard of Supervisors meeting next Tuesday, 10/16 at 9:15 amat 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa. Although this meeting does not address this project specifically, you can still voice your concerns about it, since the agenda lists the item as pertaining to neighborhood compatibility with cannabis operations. We encourage you to go if you can, or to send an email to the Supervisors (see below). The subject should be: UPC18-0044/2595 Railroad St.

address it to:
lynda.hopkins@sonoma-county.org
James.Gore@sonoma-county.org

and cc it to:
shirlee.zane@sonoma-county.org
David.Rabbitt@sonoma-county.org
Susan.Gorin@sonoma-county.org
scottd@mig.com

The point is to show the human cost of their cannabis policies on neighborhoods. There are impacts of putting a manufacturing facility on an ag zoned parcel. If you are a neighbor, or if you are concerned about your quality of life being downgraded, or your property values plummeting, speak up. This kind of development belongs in commercial areas along transportation corridors where security gates, lights and kiosks are a regular occurrence, not on the edge of a village adjacent to wetlands, a creek and a walking/biking trail. Don’t threaten, but be sincere about how concerned you are. If you want to stop or reduce this, then this is very important to contact the Supervisors before they make an irreversible decision about policy pertaining to cannabis operations.

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