After four years, the city of Vacaville could be ready to end its moratorium on cannabis businesses. On the agenda of the city council meeting on Tuesday is a resolution to repeal the regulation banning cannabis business.
The resolution comes after an updated presentation on the cannabis industry made at the April 27 meeting and a tight vote by the planning committee to recommend updates to the land use and development law.
In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which effectively legalized recreational cannabis use in the state. In 2017, the council decided to issue an emergency moratorium ordinance to give time to investigate the issue further. As the moratorium is due to expire in 2019, a series of workshops have been held to gather public opinion. On June 25 of the same year, the council voted to replace the moratorium ordinance with a ban on cannabis-related activities in order to answer questions that the majority of the council wanted resolved.
With local voters approving Measure V, which imposed a tax on cannabis supplies from outside Vacaville, the city is already taking the next steps to allow cannabis business in the city.
At the April 27 meeting, the council expressed support for changing Vacaville’s municipal law to allow certain cannabis businesses, according to a staff report by acting Community Development Director Fred Buderi, Director of Economic Development Services Don Burrus, and City Attorney Melinda Stewart.
The city has submitted two regulations to the council. The first is a repeal of Chapter 9.13 of the Municipal Act, which bans all cannabis activities to the extent permitted by law and replaces it with “general guidelines that include best practices for cannabis regulation,” the report said. Finally, the regulation would also allow the Council to set the number of licenses for each activity, procedural guidelines, criteria for application review, requirements for each activity, general operational requirements, permits, security measures, renewals, fees, records, background checks, etc. More.
The second ordinance would amend the Land Use and Development Act to include definitions related to cannabis companies and introduce a land use permit mechanism for cannabis companies operating in specific zoning areas.
“Land use permits cannot be obtained until a cannabis company has completed the state and city approval process,” the report’s authors write.
Should the Council approve the two Regulations, the staff will begin drafting a separate resolution setting out specific details regarding the application process, review criteria, applicable fees and number of companies allowed, none of which will be at the meeting is up for discussion on Tuesday.
City officials proposed changes to the planning commission at their May 18 meeting, including usage types and proposed zoning and compliance with the government-recommended 600-foot buffer between cannabis-related businesses and schools or other sensitive uses.
The recommendations were adopted by 4-3 votes, with some commissioners recommending that canna businesses be located primarily in industrial areas rather than commercial malls. Concerns have also been raised that a 600-foot buffer, among other sensitive uses, would allow businesses to still be located too close to high schools.
On the first point, staff said that cannabis companies in commercial areas would reduce the potential for shoplifting and other crime because they are in areas with more pedestrian traffic. On the second point, the staff stressed that the Commission is free to increase the buffers during the approval process if it so wishes.
On other matters, the council will consider a resolution adopting an update to the city’s emergency plan for water scarcity, another resolution authorizing City Manager Aaron Busch to enter into a contract with Westnet Inc. to install a fire alarm system in the control room and five fire departments third to approve an additional $ 75,235 funding request for the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District to restore revenue lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The municipal council meets on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The zoom link is Cov.zoom.us/s/99569804654?pwd=TENqcXhWcnlmYzEwbmt0MkdkTTdWZz09 and the password is 639925. Participants can also join by calling 267-831-0333 or 301-715-8592 or toll-free at 877-. 853-5257 or 888-475-4499. Subscribers can dial * 67 before the number if they do not want their number to appear on the screen.
The meeting can also be watched on Channel 26 or online at Youtube.com/user/CityofVacaville/videos.