NEVADA CITY, Calif. July 26, 2016 – It took over five hours, but in the end the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed an amended version of the interim marijuana cultivation ordinance just after 7:00 pm. By a 4-1 vote, with Ed Scofield voting No, the BOS adopted new rules that allow for outdoor marijuana cultivation on some parcels.

The proposed ordinance – a placeholder while supervisors, staff and a larger group of stakeholders attempt to build consensus on criteria governing marijuana cultivation long-term – very closely resembles the  published draft ordinance. The changes are:

Revised setbacks:

Parcels of greater than 2 acres up to 5 acres: 100 ft. (was 150)
Parcels of greater than 5 acres up to 10 acres: 150 ft.
Parcels of greater than 10 acres up to 20 acres: 200 ft. [updated]
Parcels of greater than 20 acres: 300 ft.

On 2-5 acre parcels zoned RA Rural, 300 sq ft of cultivation will be allowed.

Indoor cultivation in all zoning districts will be allowed for 90 days.

The interim ordinance goes into effect immediately as it was adopted as an urgency ordinance.

The next step will be to define the larger stakeholder group and outline a process to gather input for the long-term ordinance.