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Posted on: February 8, 2019

Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Cannabis Ordinance

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Notice is given that the City of Pleasant Hill City Council will hold a public hearing to consider a recommendation by the Planning Commission  for a proposed zoning ordinance amendment for new and updated Cannabis provisions, including amendments to Section 18.50.140 (Cultivation of Marijuana & Medical Marijuana Dispensaries), Chapter 18.15 (Use Classifications), Chapter 18.140 (Definitions), Chapter 18.20 (Residential Districts), Chapter 18.25 (Commercial, Retail Business, Neighborhood Business, Office and Light Industrial Districts) and other conforming modifications to the Zoning Ordinance.

A temporary moratorium on commercial cannabis businesses within the City of Pleasant Hill will expire on December 4, 2019. The proposed Ordinance would clarify zoning ordinance provisions related to commercial cannabis uses that are necessitated by State law changes enacted under the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA,” also known as “Proposition 64”) and the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”). If adopted, the proposed Ordinance would prohibit all commercial cannabis activity, except certain activities exempt from local regulation and cannabis deliveries originating outside of the City. In addition, the proposed Ordinance would conditionally allow up to two storefront medical cannabis retailers in the retail business zones, subject to the approval of a use permit and compliance with certain development standards. The Planning Commission recommended adoption of the proposed Ordinance by at 4 to 1 vote on April 9, 2019.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance at their meeting that will start at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, in the City Council Chambers, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Interested persons will be heard at that time.  The notice of the public hearing can be viewed HERE.

The item was continued to the June 3, 2019 City Council Meeting date for further consideration.

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