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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Draft EIR for proposed update to cannabis ordinance is now available

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (SCH # 2017042022) for the proposed amendments to Humboldt County Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities (proposed ordinance) is now available for review. Public comment on this document is invited for a 45-day period from September 1 through October 16, 2017.

PROJECT LOCATION: The proposed ordinance would apply to all unincorporated areas of Humboldt County.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project would update the county’s existing Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (Section 313-55.4 and 314-55.4 of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title III of the County Code), as well as repeal the medical cannabis testing and research laboratories provisions and on-site consumption prohibition found in Sections 313-55.3.15, 314-55.3.15, 313- and 314- of Division 1 of Title III of the County Code, respectively. These establish land use regulations for the commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and sale of cannabis within the county.

SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: The DEIR evaluates whether the project would result in significant impacts in the following California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental issue areas: aesthetics; agriculture and forest resources; air quality and greenhouse gases; biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazards; hydrology and water quality; land use and planning; noise; public services; traffic and circulation; utilities and service systems; energy; and cumulative effects. As described in the DEIR many of these impacts can be fully mitigated, but some cannot, and would remain significant and unavoidable. Significant and unavoidable impacts include effects on air quality (Impact 3.3-2), exposure to odors (Impact 3.3-4); provisions of sufficient water supplies and infrastructure needs (Impact 3.13-2), and their cumulative impacts.

ADDRESS WHERE COPY OF DRAFT EIR IS AVAILABLE: The DEIR and proposed ordinance are available for public review and download on the Humboldt County website.

Printed copies of the document are available for public review at the following locations during normal business hours:

            Humboldt County                                             Humboldt County Library

            Planning & Building Department                       Eureka (Main Library)

            3015 H Street                                                   1313 3rd Street

            Eureka, CA 95501                                             Eureka, CA 95501

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT EIR: September 1, 2017 through October 16, 2017

To be considered, all comments on the DEIR must be received by the county no later than 5 p.m. October 16, 2017. Pursuant to Section 15088a of the CEQA Guidelines, late comments will only be considered at the county’s discretion. Direct comments to the following address:

Humboldt County Planning & Building Department

Attn: Steve Lazar

3015 H Street

Eureka, CA 95501

  or via email to

Please note that the Humboldt County Planning Commission will hold workshops on Sept. 7 and Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. on the proposed updated cannabis ordinance. In addition, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the DEIR and the proposed updated ordinance on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers and the County Courthouse. 

Cannabis EIR web page
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