Sonoma County Advisory Group AGENDA: December 12th Meeting

Some important land use decisions are being made by the group. Please review their objectives below and speak up if you have input. 

Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group

Agenda

Meeting Date December 12, 2018

 

NOTE UPDATED LOCATION: Permit Sonoma Hearing Room

   2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95403 

3:00 p.m. Call to order 

Announcements

Item #1- Cannabis Program Goals and Objectives Discussion

  1. Staff Presentation
  2. Questions for staff
  3. Public Comment
  4. Advisory Group Discussion and Recommendations
  5.  

Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda 

Closing Remarks  

Open Meetings: Except as expressly authorized under the Ralph M. Brown Act (the State’s local agency open meeting law), all meetings of the Cannabis Advisory Group are open to attendance by interested members of the public.

Public Comments:  Any member of the public may address the Group during the designated Public Comment periods noted in the Agenda.  There are Speaker Request forms provided, if you wish to comment, please fill one out and submit to staff prior to the start of the meeting.  Please note that Group members are unable to answer questions or respond to comments but you may speak to Group members after the meeting.

If you wish to speak to a specific topic listed in the provided Agenda, please limit your comments to that specific topic under discussion by the Group.  When filing out the Public Speaker Request form, check the appropriate box listed, if the topic you wish to comment on is in Item #1 of the Agenda, check the Item #1 box, and so on.

Disabled Accommodation: To Request an Accommodation: If you have a disability and require a sign language interpreter, assistive listening device, material in an alternate format, or other accommodation to attend, please contact Ms. Jo Ann Barker at (707) 565-1925 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting in order to facilitate arrangements for accommodation.

Public Transit Access to Glaser Center 545 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa CA: Sonoma County Transit: Routes 30, 44, 48, 60, 62, 64; Santa Rosa City Bus Route 14; Golden Gate Transit: Route 80. (707) 543-3333. Transit Information: (707) 576-RIDE or 1-800-345-RIDE

Overview of Proposed Cannabis Program Framework
A General Plan is a broad planning guideline to a city’s or county’s future development goals and provides policy statements to achieve those development goals. Each city and county adopts and updates their General Plan to guide the growth and land development of their community, for both the current period and the long term.  To help guide the Cannabis Advisory Group in our discussions about the future of the Sonoma County Cannabis Program, the staff and the Co-Chairs are proposing using a similar hierarchy structure used by the General Plan. The hierarchy and definitions are outlined below along with DRAFT examples in italics provided for clarity and to stimulate discussion.  At the December 12, 2018 Cannabis Advisory Group will begin populating the table on page two and replacing the draft examples.

Element Purpose- Statement of what is covered in each Element, essentially the scope.
Draft Example-The Economic Vitality Element focuses on the creation of sustainable economic growth of the Cannabis Industry and its positive impacts on the economy on Sonoma County.
Goal: A general statement of a desired end toward which an effort will be directed. There is one overarching goal for each element.
Draft Example- Foster a healthy diverse and economically viable cannabis industry that contributes to the local economy.
Objectives: A specific detailed statement of a desired future condition toward which the County is committed and progress is ideally measurable.  There can be multiple objectives
Draft Example –Encourage the creation of high paying jobs within in the cannabis industry
CAG Recommendations and Actions: Specific statements that guide decision making in order to achieve a goal or objective.
Example -Establish database which tracks the number of jobs and employee wages for permitted cannabis businesses.

Community Compatibility

 

Economic Vitality Environmental Impact Land Use Public Safety
Develop ways to increase the community compatibility through awareness, education and regulations.

 

The Economic Vitality Element focuses on the creation of sustainable economic growth of the Cannabis Industry and the positive impacts on the economy on Sonoma County. Address the environmental impacts of the cannabis industry and preservation of natural and scenic resources. Guide growth, development, and land use decisions associated with the Cannabis Industry. Protect public health and safety of Sonoma County residents through regulations and enforcement.
    Goal:

 

    Goal:

Foster a healthy, diverse, and economically viable cannabis industry that contributes to the local economy.

    Goal:

 

    Goal:

 

    Goal:

 

         Objectives:

 

         Objectives:

1.       Encourage the creation of high paying jobs within in the cannabis industry

2.       Employment numbers…

3.

         Objectives:

 

         Objectives:

 

         Objectives:

 

         Recommendation/Action              Recommendation/Action:

 

Establish database which tracks the number of jobs and employee wages for permitted cannabis businesses.

 

Recommendation/Action:

             Recommendation/Action:              Recommendation/Action:

 

 

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