Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Comprehensive Cannabis Program Update and Environmental Impact Report

Comprehensive Cannabis Program Update Study Session - Scheduled for September 28, 2021 at or after 8:45 AM

On June 8, 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to complete a comprehensive update of the cannabis program, based on community input and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). As a first step in this three-year process, staff relaunched public outreach and engagement by holding eight virtual visioning sessions, twelve small group outreach sessions, and conducting a county-wide survey.

This study session provides an opportunity for staff to update the Board on the results of the outreach, and receive direction regarding overall program goals and policy options. This workshop also serves as a forum for additional public input on the goals of the project.

Link to Item Materials on Board of Supervisors Agenda website

Visioning Sessions for Sonoma County's Cannabis Program

During the week of August 9, Sonoma County staff led two identical discussions on each of the following topics:  

Monday, August 9:  Land Use
Zoom Recordings: 11:30 AM Session / 5:30 PM Session

Tuesday, August 10: Safety Concerns
Zoom Recordings: 11:30 AM Session / 5:30 PM Session

Wednesday, August 11: Water Considerations
Zoom Recordings: 11:30 AM Session / 5:30 PM Session

Thursday, August 12: Visual Considerations
Zoom Recordings: 11:30 AM Session / 5:30 PM Session

Click on this link to a SoCoCloud folder containing the PowerPoint Presentations (in both English and Spanish), Zoom Chat Text, and Questions & Answers Text.

Timeline (subject to change)

  • June 8, 2021 Board approval of initial resources request (Link to June 8, 2021 Board Summary Report)

  • Public Visioning and Idea Generating – July 2021 through September 2021 - WE ARE HERE

    • Week of August 2 – Begin scheduling with stakeholders for small group outreach
    • Week of August 9 – Topic-based Public Visioning Sessions
    • Week of August 16 – Conduct small group outreach, sessions to be recorded and posted online
    • Week of August 23 – Conduct small group outreach, sessions to be recorded and posted online
    • Week of August 30 – Conduct a County-wide digital survey to request additional information
    • Week of September 13 – BOS package posted online and made available to the public
    • September 28, 2021 Board Workshop on Project Goals

  • Development of Draft Ordinance Framework – October 2021 through December 2021
    • October 26, 2021 – Return to the Board on consent with refined resources request to support the project
    • Complete a draft ordinance framework including all potential program elements to consider in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the new program
    • Identify potential program elements to develop further through additional public outreach

  • Development and Refinement of Draft Ordinance – January 2022 through May 2022
    • January 2022 – Draft Ordinance Framework Complete/Initiate Competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) Process for an EIR Consultant
    • Continue public outreach to develop and refine potential program elements, listen to concerns, and develop options to address concerns
    • May, 2022 – Draft Ordinance complete for environmental analysis

  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) – June 2022 through Fall 2023
    • June, 2022 – EIR Professional Services Agreement Board Award
    • June, 2022 – Notice of Preparation published for the Draft EIR
    • July, 2022 – Public scoping meeting(s)
    • Seek public input on what Potential Environmental Impacts should be considered in the EIR
    • Conduct environmental analysis of the proposed draft ordinance
    • Provide public access to technical studies used in the environmental analysis, as available
    • Provide regular public status updates throughout the EIR process
    • Fall 2023 – Draft EIR Published for Public Comment

  • Draft Ordinance and EIR Approval – Fall 2023 through Summer 2024
    • Fall 2023 – Draft EIR to Planning Commission for public comment
    • Revisions to draft ordinance based on public comment and Planning Commission direction
    • Spring 2024 – Planning Commission Hearing on Proposed Ordinance
    • Summer 2024 – Board Hearing on Proposed Ordinance

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