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Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP)

 

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Results of Phase 2 Scoring

Posted 7/1/2020

The City’s third-party evaluator, HdL Companies, has completed all evaluations for Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP) applications received by the City of Pomona. The results are available to the general public for download below, rank ordered by score, with the business name provided as listed on the cover sheet of the application. 

The City received 31 applications: 24 for Storefront Retail, and 7 for Microbusiness. Applicants that scored 800 points or higher out of 1,000 will be invited to participate in Phase 3 and 4 of the evaluation.

Results of Phase 2 Scoring (Microbusiness)

Results of Phase 2 Scoring (Storefront Retailer)

 

 Application Summary Statistics 

The application period ended at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30. We appreciate the time and effort that each applicant put forth in submitting an application to open cannabis-related businesses in the City of Pomona. We recognize that this process was made more complex by COVID-19, and so we want to extend our appreciation for working through the digital submission process. We would like to share some summary statistics and a timeline for the program. For questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City of Pomona has received 31 unique applications for its Commercial Cannabis Permit Program.

When organized by permit type: 24 of the 31 applications are for STOREFRONT RETAILER, of which there are 2 permits available to award. 7 of the 31 the applications are for MICROBUSINESS, of which there are 2 permits available to award. No applications were received for the four available permits for individual manufacturing, testing, distribution, and indoor cultivation.

When organized by sub area: 23 applications represent SUBAREA 1; 1 application represents SUBAREA  2; 7 applications represent SUBAREA 3; No applications were received for SUBAREA 4.

When organized by parcel: 26 unique locations are represented, which means that 5 locations include one or more applicant.

When organized by applicant: 29 unique applicants submitted, which means two applicants have submitted for multiple license types.

74 zoning verification letters were issued.

The Point of Contact is now organizing applications to move on to Phase Two. The City expects to receive initial scores back from HDL in mid to late June, at which point it will announce Finalists. Finalist community meetings (Phase Three) are expected in July, and Final Scoring (Phase Four) is expected in August. At this time, the City of Pomona expects to award permits by September.

 

COVID-19 Update

This is an update on the Commercial Cannabis Permit Program. We have officially launched the program starting March 17, 2020 and applications are due by April 20April 30. In light of the public health concerns related to COVID-19, we’d like to make the following updates:

  1. The application deadline has been extended to 6:00 P.M., Thursday, April 30
  2. We have shifted from “physical submissions only” to “electronic submissions only.” Please review the updated Implementation Guide, linked below. Zoning Verification forms will be accepted electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Completed applications will be submitted via Dropbox and telephone appointment; each applicant will be issued a unique upload link upon confirmation of their submittal appointment. Absolutely no physical submissions will be accepted.
  3. Appointments for applications will take place by telephone or video conference only, and can be scheduled by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Absolutely no in-person appointments will be scheduled. 
  4. As our Points of Contact may be teleworking during this time, we strongly encourage you to “e-mail first, call second,” as it may take us a bit longer to field calls and voicemails remotely.
  5. All application forms are available to download. We strongly encourage you to complete the Zoning Verification Form as the first step as soon as possible. 
  6. Once the City's Point of Contact has taken in an application, an invoice will be generated and sent to the Applicant's Point of Contact identified in the cover sheet. All application payments will be accepted using one of the following methods:
  • Mail to City of Pomona, 505 S. Garey Ave., Box 660, Pomona, CA 91769
  • Place in silver drop box in the east parking lot of City Hall; Please only submit check or money order payments

Thanks, and stay safe! 

 

Background

The Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP) is a merit-based permitting program for all commercial cannabis businesses operating in the City of Pomona. The City has not yet issued licenses under this program. The CCPP will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis permits on 7:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. We encourage all prospective applicants to review the information below for guidance on how to apply, rules and regulations, and contact information. 

 

Point of Contact

The City's designated points of contact for the CCPP are: 

Ata Khan, Senior Planner
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909/620-3765

Anita D. Gutierrez, MPL, AICP, Director of Development Services
909/620-2421

Please direct all questions to these points of contact exclusively. If they are unable to assist you, a different point of contact will be assigned to you. 

 

Implementation Guide

Please download the Implementation Guide below, which is a road map on how to apply for a commercial cannabis permit, broken out into ten steps. 

CCPP Implementation Guide (updated 4/23)

 

Equity Applicants

The CCPP offers a waiver of Phase 1-4 application fees for any applicant that qualifies as an Equity Applicant. An equity applicant must meet all of the following criteria: 

1. Has lived in the City of Pomona for the past five years.

2. Has a cannabis-related conviction on file.

3. Has 51% or greater ownership stake in the proposed commercial cannabis business. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to download the Equity Applicant form below, attach all relevant documents, and submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Point of Contact will verify the information and issue a determination within three business days. 

Equity Applicant Form

 

Application Forms 

3/24/2020 Update: All application forms are now available to download. 

3/17/2020 Update: Due to the ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, we are shifting all submissions to electronic-only. As stated in the Implementation Guide, Step #1 is submitting a Zoning Verification Form. You may download that form below. The remainder of the application forms are being uploaded by Thursday, March 19,Monday, March 23, as we adjust to new telework processes at City Hall. 

3/16/2020 Update: As stated in the Implementation Guide, Step #1 is submitting a Zoning Verification Form, which will be accepted electronic-only. Please expect that form to be available by mid-day Tuesday, March 17. The remainder of the forms will be available by Thursday, March 19, as we adjust to new telework processes at City Hall. 

3/12/2020 Update: We expect to have all application forms available by Tuesday, March 17, to coincide with the launch of the program. In light of public health concerns related to COVID-19, we will shift Zoning Verification Form applications from physical submissions by appointment only to electronic submissions only

Application Instructions: Please note that each application form is a fill-in PDF. All applicants must use the fill-in feature. Handwritten/printed answers will not be accepted. If you have difficulty completing the fill-in PDF, please communicate with the Point of Contact. Each question on the application form may include a note allowing for an attachment, or a specific number of additional pages. If a question does not state this option, you are limited to the fill-in text box on the page. Please do not attach extra pages to the application unless explicitly allowed in the form.

  1. Zoning Verification Form 
  2. Equity Applicant
  3. Cover Sheet
  4. Qualifications 
    (updated 4/14 to remove "multi-line" formatting on Ownership lines, updated 4/2 to clarify definition of "Owner") 
  5. Operations 
    (updated 4/14 to correct font size from "Auto" to "10" on Transportation, Question #2 and Manufacturing Question #3)
  6. Security Plan
  7. Environmental Benefits (updated 4/14 to clarify Air Quality Plan components)
  8. Labor and Employment Plan  (updated 4/21 to clarify Collective Bargaining Agreement does not include intent statement, updated 4/14 to clarify Collective Bargaining Agreement points, page limits, and remove "scroll long text" formatting on Living Wage question) 
  9. Neighborhood Integration Plan
  10. Public Benefits  (updated 4/23 to clarify definition of recipient of public benefits as sensitive uses as defined in Business Ordinance, and add language discouraging applicant contact with sensitive uses).

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

We encourage you to download the FAQ below prior to starting an application. If you have a question that is not answered in this document, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CCPP Frequently Asked Questions (updated 4/2) 

 

Application Workshops 

We will be hosting two workshops to walk through the application process and to answer any questions. We strongly encourage your attendance as it will be a good opportunity to dive into the application process before it launches. 

Workshop #1 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6PM 
City Council Chambers
505 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Audio of Workshop #1 (starts at 2:30, ends at 56:30)

Copy of Slide Presentation at Workshop #1 (any corrections are found in red)

Workshop #2
Thursday, March 19, 2020
6PM
City Council Chambers
505 S. Garey Ave. 
Pomona, CA 91768 
*UPDATE: As a matter of public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the workshop has been cancelled. Please refer to the audio and slides from Workshop #1 above. 

 

Zoom Webinar 

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3:00 P.M. 

Click here for link to recorded Zoom session

 

CCPP Zoning Map 

You may access the CCPP Overlay District map, which identifies all locations where commercial cannabis related uses are permitted, by downloading the maps as a PDF or navigating a web-based interactive GIS application. 

 

All Adopted Documents Related to CCPP 

There are several actions that have been taken by the City Council of the City of Pomona to formalize the CCPP. We encourage you to review each of these documents to get a better understanding of the context and background of this program. 

 

Ordinance 4254, also known as the Tax Ordinance, established the tax structure for commercial cannabis in the City of Pomona. 

 

Ordinance No. 4257, also known as the Business Ordinance, established the merit-based process for awarding commercial cannabis permits, and established the regulations pertaining to commercial cannabis in the City of Pomona. 

 

Ordinance No. 4273, also known as the CCPP Overlay District, established the zoning of parcels where commercial cannabis related land uses may locate in the City of Pomona. It is accompanied by a map, which can be accessed by PDF or through interactive GIS 

 

Resolution No. 2019-159, also known as the Process Integrity Standards, established rules to prevent lobbying and unfairness in the CCPP permit award process, including rules pertaining to contact of Mayor or City Council members, gifts, and campaign contributions. 

 

Resolution No. 2019-2016 established the maximum number of CCPP permits issued at eight, which includes two (2) storefront retailer, two (2) microbusiness, and four (4) in any combination of manufacturing, testing, or indoor cultivation. 

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