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Commercial Cannabis Permit Program

 

Background   

 

On April 1, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance Number 4257 establishing a merit-based competitive review and permit procedure for commercial cannabis businesses. The types of commercial cannabis businesses defined in the Ordinance are: indoor cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, retail-storefront, and microbusiness of medicinal and adult-use cannabis and cannabis products, as well as the ancillary transportation and delivery of cannabis or cannabis products.

This Ordinance established the framework by which applicants and businesses will be evaluated based on a four phase process which includes: Phase 1: Application, Phase 2: Initial scoring, Phase 3: Public presentation and, Phase 4: Final ranking and permit issuance. The adopted Ordinance established a 1,000 foot buffer between any potential commercial cannabis business and specified sensitive uses, including, school K-12 schools, day care centers, and youth and recreation centers. Additionally, storefront retail business shall not be located with 1,000 feet from another commercial cannabis storefront retailer.

On November 4, 2019, the City Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance Number 4273, implementing a Commercial Cannabis Permit Overlay District. The Commercial Cannabis Permit Overlay District went into effect on December 18, 2019. As part of the implementation of the Commercial Cannabis Permit Overlay District, the next steps include establishing Cannabis permitting fees, adopting the Implementation Guide and amend current local law by rescinding all existing prohibitions on commercial cannabis.

Please view the announcements below to keep track of the development of the cannabis zoning overlay, and updates on the launch of the Commercial Cannabis Permit Program in the City of Pomona. Development Services is working diligently in creating forms and applications within the next few months.  

 

Questions?

In-person/Mail:

Planning Counter, City Hall, 505 S. Garey, Mon-Thur, 7:30AM-6:00PM (closed on Martin Luther King Day/President’s Day)

Phone:

Lynda Lara, Assistant Planner, lynda_lara[at]ci.pomona.ca.us, 909-620-2439

 

Announcements

 

1. Projected timeline for launching Commercial Cannabis Permit Program

 

The City of Pomona expects to launch the CCPP in late Spring 2020. In the meantime, we encourage prospective applicants to review the following:

  1. CCPP Overlay District Zoning Map

  2. CCPP Overlay District text

  3. Ordinance No. 4257 ("Business Ordinance")

  4. Ordinance 4254 (“Tax Ordinance”)

2. Cannabis Overlay Zone - Sub Areas Approved by City Council on November 18, 2019 (Effective December 18, 2019).

 

You may access a copy of this map by either clicking on the interactive link below, or downloading a PDF version:

PDF Versions (large file size, may take a moment to download)

Staff Report

Attachment 1 - Draft Ordinance with Exhibits A-B

Attachment 2 - 11-4-19 City Council Staff Report and Attachments

 

Disclaimer: This draft map is provided for reference only and is not intended to be comprehensive or reliable for the purpose of securing a site for a Commercial Cannabis Permit in the City of Pomona. Any operator of a Commercial Cannabis business in the City of Pomona will be subject to the requirements of Chapter 68 of the Pomona Municipal Code pertaining to Commercial Cannabis Businesses, along with any adopted zoning regulations related to commercial cannabis use. All potential sites that allow any type of commercial cannabis land use will be verified for compliance with the Pomona Municipal Code and Pomona Zoning Ordinance upon submission of a Commercial Cannabis Permit application.

 

3. Additional Materials Available regarding Commercial Cannabis Permit Program

 

The following materials have been presented or adopted as part of the establisment of the Commercial Cannabis Permit Program in the City of Pomona:

Staff Report

Attachment No. 1 -Ordinance No. 4257 (CCPP Overlay District)

Attachment No. 2 -Cannabis Permit Areas

Attachment No. 3 -Types of State Cannabis Licenses

Attachment No. 4 -Ordinance No. 4254 (Business Ordinance)

Attachment No. 5 -Questions from Community Meetings

    

YouTube

Video from Planning for Cannabis Meeting 7/18/19 (Credit: Rich Gill, Videographer)

 

 

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