January 23rd Cannabis Advisory Group meeting, public can attend

What this corporate heavy group want to place in the General Plan…”If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”. Please consider attending this meeting.

Cannabis Advisory Group Meeting January 23rd:

(sent to CAG members)

Please see the attached materials for the January 23rd Cannabis Advisory Group meeting. These materials will also be posted on the CAG website later this week. I am looking forward to continuing our discussion regarding the goals of the Cannabis Program, and creating a framework to guide the continued evolution of the program and provide clear direction to the Cannabis Ad Hoc and staff. The focus this month will be on Economic Vitality and as discussed we will tackle Neighborhood Compatibility in February.

We will be using a slightly different format this month which will include breaking into three smaller groups to develop goals and objectives and then quickly reconvening to have a larger group discussion. Our facilitator Gary Hochman will continue to guide the process and will provide additional information on the meeting format next week.

Attachments:

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Draft Meeting Notes
  • Visioning Outline (overview of the process and structure provided at the last meeting)
  • Draft Framework Working Document (Essentially notes from the December 12th brainstorming visioning kickoff meeting. The CAG will work each month to revise and each category.)
  • Economic Impact of the Cannabis Industry- by Sustaining Technologies, and Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc.
  • Overview of Proposed Cannabis Program Visioning StructureA 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 us through this visioning the future of the Sonoma County Cannabis Program staff and the Co-Chairs are proposing using a similar hierarchy structure used by the general plan.Element Purpose– Statement of what is covered in each Element, essentially the scope.

    Draft Example-The Economic Vitality Element focuses on the economic vitality of the Cannabis Industry and its impacts on the economy on Sonoma County.

    Goal: A general statement of a desired end toward which an effort will be directed.

    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 measurable.

    Draft ExampleEncourage the creation of jobs within in the cannabis industry which pay at least 25% higher than minimum wage.

    CAG Recommendations and Actions: Specific statement that guides decision making in order to achieve a goal or objective.

    ExampleEstablish 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 economic vitality of the Cannabis Industry and its impacts on the economy on Sonoma County.

     

    Address the environmental impacts of the cannabis industry and preservation of natural and scenic resources. Guide growth and development associated with the Cannabis Industry and provide a regulatory pathway for the cannabis industry consistent with state regulations. Protect public health and safety of Sonoma County residents through regulations and enforcement.
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    DRAFT NOTES
    Sonoma County Cannabis Program Framework
    December 12, 2018 Meeting

    The notes below are based on the December 12th brainstorming visioning kickoff meeting. They are only a draft and the CAG will work each month to revise and each category.
    Program Categories & Goals

    Community Compatibility Economic Vitality Environmental Stewardship Land Use Public Safety
    GOAL #1 Develop comprehensive long-term vision of Cannabis in Sonoma County Support local and cottage businesses Protect and enhance Sonoma County’s natural resources Utilize existing technology and best practices from non-cannabis agricultural operations and other industries Ensure health & safety of Sonoma County residents, workforce and visitors
    GOAL #2 Dispel public misconceptions about & build support for commercial cannabis Increase cannabis-related tax revenue Minimize the cannabis industry’s global footprint Offset outdoor cultivation odor impacts through increased allowance of controlled greenhouses
    GOAL #3 Balance needs and priorities of all stakeholders Provide for equitable and streamlined permitting process Allow for flexibility of permit requirements w/ evidence of current and future neighborhood support (ex. Good Neighbor Policy or memorandum of understanding)

     

    DRAFT CATEGORY GOALS & ACTION ITEMS:

     

    Economic Vitality: Goals & Action Items

    GOALS Support local and cottage businesses Increase cannabis-related tax revenue Provide for equitable and streamlined permitting process
    OBJECTIVES Showcase successful local operations to dispel concerns & encourage leading by example Showcase successful local operations to dispel concerns & lead by example Develop standard criteria/expectations for application processing and supporting materials required
    Ensure equitable opportunities exist for all operators throughout commercial cannabis supply chain Ensure equitable opportunities exist for all operators throughout commercial cannabis supply chain Provide more information on process, submittals, costs and timeline at the front-end of the application process
    Utilize local data on permitted operations to better direct future efforts & policy decisions Utilize local data on permitted operations to direct future efforts Provide sufficient staffing for timely permit processing
    Incentivize local food sheds Support and encourage cannabis events and tourism Encourage proactive neighborhood engagement prior to application submittal
    Remove barriers to and incentivize smaller-scale and specialty cultivation Embrace and encourage cannabis businesses the same as any other Ensure presence of adequately qualified staff member(s) for review/analysis of technical studies required by applicants
    Develop plan to integrate commercial cannabis w/ existing property uses Develop minimum/maximum thresholds for impacts and mitigations
    Process and review cannabis permits w/ same criteria and level of scrutiny as comparable non-cannabis permits

     

 

 

 

 

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