On Jan.14, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 50 that established a merit-based criterion scoring system for applicants vying for a cannabis retail storefront license.
Per the ordinance, the process commenced with community engagement meetings to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed. After a delay due to the pandemic, six virtual community meetings were held in July to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed, including the Toro Canyon, Padaro Lane and Summerland areas. County Code 50-7(b) limits the number of storefront retail licenses to no more than one in each of the six community plan areas.
On Aug. 18, the Board of Supervisors approved two criteria-based scoresheets for evaluating the Business Operations Proposal and Neighborhood Compatibility Proposal of the retail storefront application. As next steps of the cannabis retail storefront selection process, the application availability period opened on Sept. 29, allowing potential applicants approximately 34 days to prepare documents for the application submittal period that begins 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2 until the deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.
The application is available at cannabis.countyofsb.org/retail.sbc, along with links to the county’s Cannabis Permitting and Zoning map and County Land Use and Zoning map. Additional information is linked on the website, including an FAQ, PowerPoint presentation in English and Spanish, and videos of each community meeting.
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