After a long day of public comment, the board pushes its discussion about other potential ordinance changes to next week
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to further restrict cannabis cultivation on agriculturally zoned land in Santa Barbara County, and the hours of public comment at the meeting pushed further discussion of ordinance changes to next week.
Crowds of county residents packed the Board of Supervisors hearing rooms in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, and more than 200 people spoke during the public comment period.
The supervisors voted to ban cannabis cultivation on AG-1-zoned properties that have a parcel size of 20 acres or less and to require conditional use permits (instead of land use permits) for operations on larger AG-1-zoned lots in inland areas.
The vote was 4-1, with Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino dissenting. The supervisors voted unanimously to require more noticing for cannabis operations proposed in or near Existing Developed Rural Neighborhoods and other residential neighborhoods.
The board had planned to give direction on other possible changes, such as requiring odor control as a condition of a business license application, but pushed the discussion to next week’s meeting after a power outage pushed the gathering into a smaller room in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building.
Published: July 09, 2019
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