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 is hosting six virtual community meetings in July with many ways and opportunities for the public to participate and provide feedback. Spanish interpretation will be available at each meeting.

The meeting schedule along with information about how to participate and submit feedback or questions before and/or during the meetings is enclosed below. In each of the community meetings, staff from the County Executive Office and Planning & Development will present an overview of the cannabis retail storefront business licensing and permitting process, followed by an overview of the Community Plan Area (CPA).

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.

Helpful Links:

 

Public Participation and Feedback

  1. Watch a video presentation about the County's Cannabis Business License Ordinance (Chapter 50)  Retail Storefront Selection Process with an overview of each Community Plan Area:

  1. Virtual Community Meeting Schedule, one per Community Plan Area (to participate, see below)

 

Attend a Virtual Community Meeting:

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

Watch the Video
Q&A
Community Meeting Presentation – English / Spanish
 

Santa Ynez Valley CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 2, 2020
Link to join the webinar: https://bit.ly/2YGZP0X - Password: 857746

Or call using any of these toll free numbers:

(833) 548-0276
(833) 548-0282
(877) 853-5257
(888) 475-4499
Webinar ID: 928 7038 3955

Spanish Interpretation Available

Toro Canyon/Summerland CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wed., July 8, 2020
Link to join the webinar:
https://bit.ly/3hvYWRD - Password: 857746

Or call by and of these toll free numbers:

(833) 548-0276
(833) 548-0282
(877) 853-5257
(888) 475-4499
Webinar ID: 963 7175 3641

Spanish Interpretation Available

Orcutt CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 9, 2020
Link to join the webinar:
https://bit.ly/3ekQi68 - Password: 857746

Or call by and of these toll free numbers:

(833) 548-0276
(833) 548-0282
(877) 853-5257
(888) 475-4499
Webinar ID: 997 3471 1552

Spanish Interpretation Available

Eastern Goleta Valley CPA
Cannabis Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wed., July 15, 2020
Link to join the webinar:

https://bit.ly/2Cf5JyQ - Password: 857746

Or call using any of these toll free numbers:

(833) 548-0276
(833) 548-0282
(877) 853-5257
(888) 475-4499
Webinar ID: 932 0920 0738


Spanish Interpretation Available

Los Alamos CPA
Community Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 16, 2020
Link to join the webinar:

https://bit.ly/37ydRWO - Password: 857746

Or call using any of these toll free numbers:

(833) 548-0276
(833) 548-0282
(877) 853-5257
(888) 475-4499
Webinar ID: 918 9726 6731

 

Spanish Interpretation Available

 

Download Directions to Participate in Virtual Community Meetings and/or Submit Feedback

How to participate DURING a Virtual Community Meeting:

  • Each community meeting is virtual using Zoom; you do not need a Zoom account to participate.
  • Attendees can link via computer or smart device, through the Zoom app for Apple, or by phone.
  • For those joining by audio phone only, download or print the presentation linked here to follow along.
  • If you would like to speak at a community meeting, please use this form and staff will follow up to confirm and provide directions.
  • The comment/question session will follow the staff presentation. NOTE: precedence will be given to questions about the featured CPA before general comments will be heard.
  • Outside of the community meetings, submit questions and comments via email, letter or by phone as described below.

1.     Via Computer or Iphone App:

  • To indicate that you wish to speak, select "raise your hand" and staff will know to call on you and open your mic to speak.
  • To submit a written question, type it in the "Q&A" window. We will make every attempt to address each question or comment received during the meeting. In addition, we will post a written Q&A on this website.
  • Iphone users with the Zoom app can also use the feature to raise your hand.
  • Windows users can also use the Alt + Y keyboard shortcut to raise or lower your hand.
  • Mac users can also use the Option + Y keyboard shortcut to raise or lower your hand.

2.     Via Phone:

  • Attendees by phone can "raise your hand" by pressing star-9 (*9). When it is your turn to speak, we will announce you by caller I.D. or your phone number.
  • You can also request to speak in advance. We will create a list of requested speakers and call on you during the Q&A. Please use this form to request to speak.

How to participate and submit questions and comments NOT DURING a virtual meeting via email, letter or by phone:

  • Submit questions/comments in writing via e-mail to cannabisinfo@countyofsb.org
  • Submit questions/comments using this form
  • Leave a voice message at (805) 568-2057