• Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Frequently Asked Questions – 2021 Ordinance Update

NOTE: This page will be updated periodically throughout the public hearing process. 

Will public comments be posted online? How can I obtain a copy of public comments submitted on the hearing draft ordinance or hearing draft Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration? 

The public comments will not be posted online until the staff report is published seven days before the Planning Commission hearing. You may email a request to Cannabis@sonoma-county.org. You will be provided with a link containing received public comments up to the date of your request.

Is the pipeline provision from the 2018 ordinance still in effect?

The pipeline provision pertains to use permits in process. The draft ordinance does not impact use permit applications in process.

Can I get tracked changes/redline documents showing the changes made to the preliminary drafts?

The County has not created redlined versions of the preliminary working draft documents comparing them to the final hearing drafts. The preliminary working drafts were a snapshot in time and designed to show staff's progress towards completion of final hearing drafts. Decision makers will consider the hearing drafts during the public hearing and deliberation process. To avoid confusion, staff have removed the preliminary working draft documents and replaced them with the final hearing drafts. The County will provide the preliminary working draft documents upon request via email to Cannabis@sonoma-county.org.

 I have a conservation easement restricting my property. Can I grow cannabis on my property under the proposed ordinance?

The provisions of the current and proposed cannabis ordinance are not intended to permit any activity that is not otherwise permitted by law, including activity that is not otherwise permitted pursuant to a recorded conservation easement. Owners of property that is restricted by a recorded conservation easement or other encumbrance should consult a private attorney if they have questions or concerns about their rights or responsibilities in regards to a recorded conservation easement. Owners of property restricted by conservation easements are also encouraged to contact the holder of the easement regarding interpretation of the terms of the easement to confirm whether or not cannabis cultivation is permitted under the easement.