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Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Cannabis Program Update & EIR Timeline

Timeline (subject to change) 

Updated 11/22/2023

June 8, 2021 Board approval of initial resources request (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 – Board of Supervisors package posted online and made available to the public
    • September 28, 2021 – Board Workshop on Project Goals (September 28, 2021 Board Summary Report)
  • Development of Draft Ordinance Framework – October 2021 through March 15, 2022
  • Development and Refinement of Draft Ordinance – March 2022 through October 2022
    • May 20, 2022 - 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
    • October 2022 – Preliminary draft ordinance, and any general plan amendments needed for consistency, complete for environmental analysis
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) – October 2022 through ~February 2024 - WE ARE HERE

    • October 4, 2022 - Board of Supervisors consideration of EIR Professional Services Agreement (October 4, 2022 Item Materials)
    • February 6, 2023 – Notice of Preparation published for the Draft EIR to kick off the EIR scoping effort
    • March 8, 2023 at 6:00PM – Virtual public scoping meeting
    • Seek public input on what Potential Environmental Impacts should be considered in the EIR
    • December 13, 2023 - Public Informational Meeting to provide an update on the development of "residential enclave" mapping and key program elements
    • 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
    • February 2024 – Draft EIR Published for Public Comment
  • Draft Ordinance and EIR Approval – ~March 2024 through ~Summer 2024
    • March 2024 – Draft EIR to Planning Commission for public comment
    • Revisions to draft ordinance based on public comment and Planning Commission direction
    • June 2024 – Planning Commission Hearing on Proposed Ordinance
    • September 2024 – Board Hearing on Proposed Ordinance