February 9, 2018 – At Tuesday’s February 13th Board of Supervisor’s meeting, the Board is scheduled to discuss cannabis policy areas for the County’s long-term cannabis ordinance. This will be the Board’s first cannabis discussion since the January 9th joint Board/Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting where the CAG recommendations were presented and the CAG process officially concluded.
No action item, such as a resolution, is requested of the Board at Tuesday’s meeting. However, the Board is expected to provide enough direction for County Counsel to begin drafting a revised ordinance. Discussion topics may include zoning, setbacks, cultivation limits, and commercial activities. In order to maximize the Board’s discussion time to provide direction, public comment on this item will be limited to thirty (30) minutes at this meeting. Those who wish to provide public comment are encouraged to provide a written statement emailed or delivered to the Board office. All comments will be distributed to all Board members as they are received. If there is not enough time to cover all the policy areas at Tuesday’s meeting, the policy questions will come back to the Board at a later date for more detailed consideration.
Under Nevada County’s current cannabis ordinance, all commercial cannabis activity, including cultivation, is expressly prohibited. Therefore, no local permits or State licenses have been issued to businesses in the unincorporated jurisdiction of Nevada County for commercial cannabis activities. To date, Nevada City is the only jurisdiction in Nevada County that has begun permitting medical cannabis businesses, allowing such businesses to apply for State licensure.