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Posted on: April 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Notice of Scoping Meeting for Cannabis Environmental Impact Report

In the matter of Proposed Amendments to Humboldt County Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities

DATE: May 12, 2017

TIME: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

LOCATION: Sequoia Conference Center

901 Myrtle Avenue

Eureka, CA 95501

On May 12th, from 2pm to 5pm, the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department will be holding a Scoping Meeting pursuant to California Public Resources Code Section 21083.9.  The scoping meeting will provide participants the opportunity to comment on the appropriate scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which is being prepared for proposed amendments to the Humboldt County Code (project) regulating cannabis activities authorized under state law.  On April 4th, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR was released, which includes a description of the project and project setting, background information, and a summary of the key environmental issues to be addressed. 

A sampling of the principal changes to County code being considered in the EIR include:

  • Repeal of the current permit application deadline (12/31/16) to allow for submittal of applications for commercial cannabis activities, including cultivation
  • Broadening the scope of the current regulations to encompass commercial cannabis activities for recreational users authorized under the recent passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)
  • Providing for a greater diversity of areas where cannabis cultivation will be allowed to expand or occur
  • Developing performance standards for controlling odor impacts from cultivation
  • Special requirements/limitations for projects located within spheres of influence or community areas

More information about the NOP and the EIR is available on the County’s website at the following link:

Local cities and counties, interested agencies, and the public are all invited to attend the scoping meeting and are encouraged to provide meaningful responses as to the scope and content of the EIR; as well as comments and suggestions regarding the preparation of the EIR, environmental issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIR, and any other related issues.

Written comments should be submitted or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2017.  Please indicate a contact person in your response and send your comments to:; or

Steve Lazar

Humboldt County Planning & Building Department

3015 H Street

 Eureka, CA 95501

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