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File #: 21-1095    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/22/2021 In control: Planning Commission
On agenda: 10/28/2021 Final action:
Title: 9:20 A.M. Public Hearing to reconsider approving Use Permit UP 20-22. Applicant/Owner: WeGrow LLC / Zarina Otchkova. Proposed Project: Fifteen (15) A-Type 3B mixed light commercial cannabis cultivation licenses and one A-Type 13 ‘Self Distribution’ license. The applicant is proposing thirty (32) 90’ x 125’ greenhouses; two (2) 90’ x 125’ greenhouses for immature plant starts; four (4) 50’ x 100’ drying buildings; one (1) 200 sq. ft. shed; twenty (20) 5,000 gallon water tanks; one (1) 6-foot tall galvanized woven wire fence covered with privacy mesh to screen the greenhouses from public view. Total proposed cultivation area is 387,600 sq. ft. (roughly 9 acres); total proposed canopy area is 330,000 sq. ft. The applicant is also proposing the removal of 100 blue oak trees, which will require a 3:1 tree replacement using similar species trees prior to the start of cultivation. Location: 16750 Herrington Road, Middletown, CA (cultivation site); 17610 Sandy Road, Middletown, CA and 19678...
Sponsors: Community Development
Attachments: 1. UP 20-22 SR V6 FINAL, 2. Attachment 1 vicinity map, 3. Attachment 2 PMP revised_2, 4. Attachment 3a Original Agency Comments, 5. Attachment 3b Agency comments, 6. Attachment 3c Agency Comments new, 7. Attachment 3d agency comments new, 8. Attachment 3e agency comments new, 9. Attachment 4 COA 2, 10. Attachment 5 current site plans, 11. Attachment 5b engineered Erosion plan, 12. Attachment 6a IS Addendum, 13. Attachment 6b memo to OPR, 14. Attachment 6c Geologic MM, 15. Attachment 7a Bio Rept Orig, 16. Attachment 8 Tree Plan, 17. Attachment 8b Tree Plan addendum, 18. Attachment 9 Water Analysis, 19. Attachment 10a public comments Orig, 20. Attachment 10b public comments Orig, 21. Attachment 10c letters Orig, 22. Attachment 10d public comments Orig, 23. Attachment 10e letter of support, 24. Attachment 11 Traffic Analysis, 25. Attachment 12 power memo, 26. Attachment 12a letter, 27. Attachment 12b Plan compliance
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TO: Planning Commission

FROM: Community Development Department
Mary Darby, Community Development Director
Prepared by: Eric Porter, Associate Planner

DATE: October 28, 2021

* Major Use Permit Resubmittal (UP 20-22)
* Initial Study Addendum (IS 20-25)

Supervisor District 1
Location: 16750 Herrington Road, Hidden Valley Lake (cultivation site); 17610 Sandy Road and 19678 Stinson Road, Middletown (cluster sites)
Assessor Parcel Numbers (APNs): 013-060-40 (cultivation site); 013-014-03 and 11

ATTACHMENTS: 1. Vicinity Map
2. Property Management Plan - Revised
3. Agency Comments
4. Conditions of Approval
5. Current Site Plans
6. Initial Study Addendum (CEQA)
7. Biological Assessments
8. Tree Removal and Revegetation Plan
9. Water Availability Analysis; Hurvitz Env. Services, 8-10-2021
10. Public Comments
11. Traffic Analysis
12. Memo - Power Availability and Analysis
a. Attachment 12a - Letter from Applicant re: Power to Site
b. Attachment 12b - County Codes related to Power


The original application was sent to the Planning Commission at a public hearing that occurred on April 22, 2021. The hearing was a combination of 'in-person' and remote via Zoom due to Covid-19 protocol. There was significant testimony from concerned persons who attended. Ultimately the Planning Commission approved the project on a 4 to 1 vote.

A timely appeal was filed by a neighboring development. The appeal was heard by the Board of Supervisors on June 8, 2021. The Board realized that the site plan reviewed in the CEQA document that was uploaded to the State Clearinghouse was different than the Planning Commission-approved site plan, and denied the use permit without prejudice.

The applicant then re-applied for a use permit and prepared and submitted updated studies, a cumulative water availability analysis (Hurvitz, August 10, 2021), a Tree Removal and...

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