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Cannabis Program Update & Environmental Impact Report

Request for Proposals for Consultant for Cannabis Program Update and EIR Now Open

The County of Sonoma seeks proposals from qualified consultants or consultant teams to conduct a programmatic-level environmental analysis, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and an economic analysis related to commercial cannabis land uses within unincorporated Sonoma County in support of County staff developing a new commercial cannabis land use ordinance. 

To read the Request for Proposals here.

To submit a proposal, click on this link to enter the Supplier Portal. The RFP is titled RFP Consultant Svcs Related to Cannabis Ordinance.

Cannabis Program Update & EIR Public Comment

Public comment received regarding the Cannabis Program Update & EIR will be published on a monthly basis.

To review public comment, click here

Comprehensive Cannabis Program Update Study Session - September 28, 2021

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 provided 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 served as a forum for additional public input on the goals of the project.

Link to Item Materials on Board of Supervisors Agenda website

Community Group Meetings

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 
    • 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 (Link to September 28, 2021 Board Summary Report)
  • Development of Draft Ordinance Framework – October 2021 through February 2022
    • 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 to be conducted in the next phase
  • Development and Refinement of Draft Ordinance – March 2022 through August 2022 - WE ARE HERE

  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) – September 2022 through Fall 2023
    • September 2022 - EIR Professional Services Agreement Board Award
    • September 2022 – Notice of Preparation published for the Draft EIR to kick off the EIR scoping effort
    • October 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