Community Engagement for the Cannabis
Business License Ordinance (Chapter 50)
Retail Storefront Selection Process
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.
- County of Santa Barbara Cannabis Permitting and Zoning Map, Tipsheet for Navigating the Cannabis Permitting Map
- Santa Barbara County Land Use and Zoning Map
- Community Plan Areas webpage
- Community Meeting Presentation –
Watch Video of Six Virtual Community Meetings Held July 1-16, 2020:
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