Community Engagement for the Cannabis Business License Ordinance (Chapter 50)
Retail Storefront Selection Process


Overview:

The County of Santa Barbara is hosting six community meetings in July to receive feedback and answer questions about the amended Cannabis Business License (Chapter 50) regulating cannabis retail storefront licensing.

On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 50 that established a merit based criteria scoring system for applicants vying for a cannabis retail storefront license. This ordinance amendment became operational February 13, 2020.

Per the ordinance, the process will commence with community engagement meetings to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed. Chapter 50 (b) limits the number of storefront retail licenses to no more than one in each of six community plan areas. County staff is seeking feedback about the business application criteria (not applicants or specific sites) and neighborhood compatibility for the Neighborhood Compatibility Plan portion of the retail storefront application.

Community engagement meetings had been scheduled to begin in April 2020, but were cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. To prevent further delay, the County hosted six virtual community meetings in July with many ways and opportunities for the public to participate and provide feedback.

Note that CPAs are located in the unincorporated county and do not reflect zoning and permitting within the incorporated cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Solvang.

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 Watch Video of Six Virtual Community Meetings Held July 1-16, 2020:

Isla Vista CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wed., July 1, 2020

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Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish
 

Santa Ynez Valley CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 2, 2020  
Watch the Video
Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish

Toro Canyon/Summerland CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wed., July 8, 2020
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Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish 
 

Orcutt CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 9, 2020
 
Watch the Video
Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation –  English /  Spanish

Eastern Goleta Valley CPA
Cannabis Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wed., July 15, 2020 

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Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish 

Los Alamos CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 16, 2020

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Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish 

 

 

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