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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249
 
2016-018 MODIFICATION TO EXISTING permit for JAMES WEST The applicant is requesting approval of an application to change the condition II-2 of Planned Development (PD) permit 2016-018 requiring improvements to Commercial Road to the Template L standard between Highway 4 and the driveway of the subject parcel. The PD permitted an existing 1,800 square foot building located at 4951 Commercial Way, Hathaway Pines APN 30-010-037. The applicant’s Modification Request states that due to the physical characteristics of the parcel, including the size, shape, topography, location and surroundings, the county should not require Mr. West provide for improvements to Commercial Way to meet the Template L standards between the highway and the driveway to the commercial structure.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on March 8, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project. The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Madeleine Flandreau is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394. Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://planningcommission.calaverasgov.us/ on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 23, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-943 APPEAL by Leslie Denham-Newman of Planning Director’s Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application 2016-943. The site is located at 2200 Gold Strike Road, San Andreas, CA, APN 040-009-041.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on March 8, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Madeleine Flandreau is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 23, 2018    VSN

 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras Local Agency Formation Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the following item:

 

Proposed 2018-2019 LAFCO Budget to make a preliminary determination thereon by the Commission.   Any person may be heard regarding the increase, decrease, or omission of any item from the budget or for the inclusion of additional items.

 

The Budget document will be available for review at the LAFCO webpage 5 days prior to the hearing at www.calaveraslafco.org  The contact person is John Benoit, Executive Officer who may be reached at (209) 754-6511 or by email at johnbenoit@surewest.net.

 

The public hearing will be held in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers at 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA on the 19th day of  March 2018  at 6:00 p.m., at which time and place interested persons may attend and be heard.  If you challenge the action of the Commission on any of the above stated item in court, it may be limited to only those issues raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Calaveras Local Agency Formation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

 

LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION

John Benoit, Executive Officer

Published: February 21, 2018   VSN




NOTICE OF ELECTION AND NOTICE TO SUBMIT ARGUMENTS



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Resolution Nos. 20180213r017 and 20180213r023, passed by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on February 13, 2018, special elections will be consolidated with the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election, for the purpose of voting on the following measures:

 

Measure A

Shall the Mark Twain Health Care District sign a new lease with the nonprofit Mark Twain Medical Center Corporation and take other actions assuring 10-30 years of hospital operation with substantial investments by Dignity Health in the Mark Twain Medical Center and community services, continuing hospital care, emergency care and other services at the Medical Center, and supporting medical services provided by the District, per terms approved by Resolution 2018 - 01 adopted January 24, 2018?

                                                                                                                                      Yes          No

 

Measure B

Shall the Measure making the offices of City Clerk and City Treasurer appointive be adopted?

 

                                                                                                                                      Yes          No

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that arguments for or against the above measures will be accepted in the office of the County Clerk, Election Division, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249. Arguments shall not exceed 300 words in length and shall be titled either “Argument In Favor Of Measure ___” or “Argument Against Measure ___”. Arguments must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on  February 26, 2018.

 

A ballot argument shall not be accepted unless accompanied by the name or names of the person or persons submitting it or, if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization and the name of at least one of its principal officers. No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument. All arguments must also be accompanied by a statement that the argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

 

If more than one argument for and one argument against the measure is received, the selection will be made pursuant to the provisions of the Elections Code 9166.

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if an argument in favor of and an argument against the measure is submitted, copies will be mailed to the respective authors in order that they may submit a rebuttal argument. Rebuttal arguments must also be accompanied by a statement that the argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief. The deadline for filing a rebuttal argument will be 5:00 p.m. on March 8, 2018. Rebuttal arguments shall not exceed 250 words in length.

 

Anyone desiring to file an argument for or against the measure should contact the Elections Department at (209) 754-6376 for further information and the required form.

Rebecca Turner

County Clerk

 

Published: February 16, 2018    VSNLEGAL NOTICE

Dates for issuing nominations for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election are as follows:

Nominations for all Candidates - filing fee must be paid at this time:

   Opens:   February 12, 2018

   Closes:   March 9, 2018

   Extension Period: March 14, 2018 - if incumbent does not file for re-election; the deadline is extended for all except incumbent

For the County Offices listed below the number of nomination signatures required is 20 to 40 valid signatures.  

The following is a list of the County Offices that will be up for election, and the required filing fee:

Office, Filing Fees

Supervisor, District 3,$563.06

Supervisor, District 5,$563.06

County Superintendent of Schools,$1,200.00

Assessor,$1,075.57

Auditor-Controller,$1,075.57

County Clerk-Recorder,$1,075.57

District Attorney,$1,541.07

Sheriff,$1,406.91

Treasurer-Tax Collector,$1075.57

Coroner-Public Administrator,$600.08

 

Only registered voters that are qualified to vote for the candidate may sign the nomination form.  Nomination forms may be obtained from the Office of the County Clerk, Elections Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, phone: (209)754-6376.

 

Offices to be voted upon statewide are: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Board of Equalization 1st District, United States Senator, United States Representative 4th District, Member of State Senate 8th District, Member of State Assembly 5th District, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Information on procedures to become a candidate for state offices may be obtained by calling the Secretary of State's Office at (916)657-2166.

 

Rebecca Turner

Calaveras County Clerk-Recorder

 

Published: February 9th, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR 2008-58 TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP FOR TAD FOLENDORF  Tad Folendorf, trustee of the Tad Folendorf Revocable Living Trust, filed a request for an extension of time to extend the expiration date of approved tentative parcel map 2008-058 by twenty-four (24) months.  An Initial Study/Negative Declaration was prepared in accordance with CEQA.  The initial study and negative declaration was available for public review for 30 days prior to the approval of the project.  The Board of Supervisors adopted the negative declaration for the project on December 11, 2012.  There are no changes in circumstances that would necessitate recirculation.  The subject property is located at 299 Two Mile Road in Murphys.   APN: 34-003-141 is a portion of Section 33, T04N, R14, MDM. 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mt. Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing.  You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Planning Commission staff reports are available online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  Copies of the project file and staff report can be purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018     VSN

 

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-152 APPEAL by Brian R. Chavez-Ochoa on Behalf of Daniel Benjamin Alexander of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at 365 Old Prospector Trail, Mokelumne Hill.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published: February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-156 APPEAL by Brian R. Chavez-Ochoa on Behalf of Daniel Benjamin Alexander of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at 400 Old Prospector Trail, Mokelumne Hill.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-537 APPEAL by Kern Houghten of the Planning Directors Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application. The site is located at 201 Sierra Madre Road, Railroad Flat, T5N, R13E, Sec. 12, APN: 020-029-040.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Madeleine Flandreau is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-540 APPEAL by Adam Ray of the Planning Director’s determination that a cultivation for a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application is over canopy for and therefore denied for failing to abate the excess canopy APN: 020-027-176 The site is located at 19075 East Rainbow Rd, Mokelumne Hill.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on February 20, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting. The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:   February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-541 APPEAL by Kern Houghten of the Planning Directors Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application. The site is located at 19894 Cedar Way, Mountain Ranch, APN: 020-027-053.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Madeleine Flandreau is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-593 APPEAL by Willie Kirkpatrick on behalf of Willie’s Buds of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application on APN 050-021-035.  The site is located at 10420 Hogan Dam Road, Valley Springs, CA 95252. In the western ½ of section 27, T03N, R11E, MDB&M.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Peter Maurer is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-599 APPEAL by Willie Kirkpatrick on behalf of Willie’s Buds of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application on APN 050-021-036.  The site is located at 10420 Hogan Dam Rd, Valley Springs, CA 95252. In the top western ½ of section 27, T03N, R11E, MDB&M.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Peter Maurer is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018   VSN

 
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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-629 APPEAL by Stewart Alberts of Planning Commission Denial of Appeal 2016-629 for the denial of a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application.  The site is located at 8429 Oak Ridge Rd., Mountain Ranch, in the NW 1/4 of Section 1, T4N, R13E, M.D.B.M. APN 021-021-005.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on February 20, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting. The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  February 9, 2018    VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-965 APPEAL by Chrys Johnston of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application  The site is located at 6411 Hawver Rd., Mokelumne Hill. APN: 016-024-012.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Miguel Contreras is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018   VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-976 APPEAL by Chrys Johnston of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application  The site is abuts the northern boundary of 6411 Hawver Rd., Mokelumne Hill. APN: 016-021-028

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 22, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Miguel Contreras is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018   VSN

 

 

 

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-1123 APPEAL OF DENIAL FOR RECONSIDERATION OF APPEAL of Planning Directors Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application 2016-106 for APN: 044-006-028 Adrian Lambie, on behalf of Ralph Calderon and Mountain Farms, Inc., is appealing the denial by the Planning Commission for reconsideration of the denial by the Planning Commission of the appeal of the denial of application 2016-106 for medical commercial cannabis cultivation registration.  The site is located at 833 State Route 49, Suites A-C, San Andreas, T4N, R12E, Sec. 22.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on February 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Copies of the project file and staff report can also be purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  February 9, 2018   VSN

ORDINANCE NO. 20180110o3094

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF CALAVERAS COUNTY RESCINDING IN FULL AND ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 17.95 OF THE CALAVERAS COUNTY CODE RELATING TO CANNABIS CULTIVATION AND COMMERCE

 

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The Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras does hereby ordain as follows:

 

SECTION 1: Pursuant to its authority granted by Article XI Section 7 of the California Constitution, Sections 65850 et. seq., 25845 and 53069.4 of the California Government Code and Sections 11362.83(c) and 11362.768 of the California Health and Safety Code, Sections 26200 of the California Business & Professions Code, and The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, approved by voters November 8, 2016), Calaveras County Code Chapter 17.95, governing medical cannabis cultivation and commerce, is repealed in its entirety and the following new Chapter 17.95 is adopted and substituted in its place to read as follows:

 

Chapter 17.95

ALL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION & COMMERCE PROHIBITED; RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION PROHIBITED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED UNDER STATE LAW; REASONABLE REGULATION OF RECREATIONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION

 

17.95.010     Purpose and Intent

17.95.020     Definitions

17.95.030     Relationship to Other Laws

17.95.040          Nuisance Declared; Cannabis Cultivation & Related Activities Prohibited; Exceptions

17.95.050     Remediation of Former Cultivation Sites

17.95.060     Enforcement; Fines; Liability to Pay Costs and Fines

 

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17.95.010     Purpose and intent

It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to prohibit, to the maximum extent allowed under state law, with limited exceptions, the commercial, medical, and recreational cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution, transportation, and storage of cannabis in order to preserve the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of Calaveras County and the environment while retaining the ability of patients to have access to medical cannabis in the County to the extent deemed necessary under state law. Any  ambiguity  in  this  Chapter  should  be  construed  in  whatever  manner  best effectuates this intent.

 

17.95.020     Definitions

Unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning, the definitions in this Section are intended to apply to this Chapter only. Any term which is not specifically defined for purposes of this Chapter shall have the definition, if any, provided by Title 17 of the Calaveras County Code or elsewhere within the County Code.

 

A.  “Accessory use” or “Accessory” has the same meaning as in County Code Section 17.06.0080.

 

B.  “Cannabis” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001. “Cannabis” shall also include “cannabis products” as defined in B&P §26001, which includes both “edible cannabis products” as defined in B&P §26001 and topical cannabis, meaning a cannabis product that is applied to the skin.

 

C.  “Cannabis distribution” shall have the same meaning as “distribution” in B&P §26001.

 

D.  “Cannabis manufacturing” shall have the same meaning as “manufacture” in  B&P §26001.

 

E.  “Caregiver” or “primary caregiver” shall have the same meaning as it does in H&S§11362.7.

 

F.  “Child resistant” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

 

G.  “Commercial”, as used in this Chapter, refers to the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, laboratory testing, transport, storage, possession, processing, labeling, dispensing, sale, or other activities involving cannabis that are or will be subject to state licensure under the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and its subsequent amendments. “Commercial”, for purposes of this Chapter, shall also refer to all collective and cooperative cannabis cultivation under Health & Safety Code §11362.775, whether for nonmedical purposes or for medical purposes, other than 1) that cultivation permitted under 17.95.040.C and 2) cultivation permitted by a medical cannabis dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.

 

H.  “Costs of Enforcement” or “Enforcement Costs” means all costs, direct or indirect, actual or incurred related to the performance of various administrative acts required pursuant to the enforcement of this Chapter, which include but are not limited to: administrative overhead, salaries and expenses incurred by County officers and enforcement officers, site  inspections,  investigations, evidence storage, notices, telephone contacts and correspondence, conducting hearings, as well as time expended by County staff in calculating the above expenses. The costs also include the cost of time and expenses associated with bringing the matter to hearing, the costs associated with any appeals from any decision rendered by any hearing body, hearing officer or court, the costs of judicially abating a violation, and all costs associated with removing, correcting or otherwise abating any violation, including administrative penalties of this Chapter.

 

I.  “County” means the County of Calaveras.

 

J.  “Cultivation” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

K.  “Cultivation area” shall mean that portion of the cultivation site containing live cannabis plants.

 

L.  “Cultivation site” means the location where cannabis has been planted, grown, harvested, dried, cured, graded, or trimmed.

 

M.  “Delivery” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

 

N.  “Dispensing”, “dispensary”, or “medical cannabis dispensary” refers to the premises from which a cannabis retailer, as defined in B&P §26070, conducts commercial activities related to the retail sales and delivery of cannabis, as well as the actions involved in conducting such activities. “Medical cannabis dispensary” also has  the same meaning as it does in Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.

 

O.  “Distribution” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

 

P.  “Dwelling”, for purposes of this Chapter, means a building intended for human habitation that has been legally established, permitted, and certified as a single- family or multi-family dwelling.

 

Q.  “Enactment” means the date on which the ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors goes into effect pursuant to the Government Code §25123.

 

R.  “Enforcement Officer” or “Enforcement Official”  means  a  County  Code Enforcement Officer, the County Agricultural Commissioner, the County Sheriff, or a department head who is authorized by County Code to enforce this Title or other Title of the Calaveras County Code, or the authorized deputies or designees of any of these officials, each of whom is independently authorized to enforce this Chapter.

 

S.  “Entity”  means  any  firm,  partnership,  joint  venture,  association,  corporation, limited liability company, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit.

 

T.  “Indoor cultivation” shall have the same meaning as it does in MAUCRSA.

 

U.  “Labeling” shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

 

V.  “Manufacture” or “manufacturing”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does in B&P §26001.

 

W.  “Medical cannabis”  shall have the same meaning as “medicinal cannabis” as defined in B&P §26001.

 

X.  “Minor” or “minors” means a person or people under twenty-one (21) years of age.  “Minor” or “minors” does not include a person or people between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) years of age who use medical cannabis in compliance with the Compassionate Use Act (CUA), Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA), and MAUCRSA.

 

Y.  “Mixed light cultivation” shall have the same meaning as it does in MAUCRSA.

 

Z.  “Multi-family dwelling” is a “dwelling” containing multiple private residences.

 

AA.  “Non-commercial cannabis” or “Non-commercial”, as used in this Chapter, refers to any cannabis that is not commercial.

 

BB.  “Nonmedical”,  “non-medical”  or  “Non-medical  cannabis”  refers  to  all  cannabis that is not “medical cannabis”.

 

CC.  “Nursery”, when referring to medical cannabis, shall have the same meaning as it does in B&P§ 26001.

 

DD.  “Outdoor cultivation” shall have the same meaning as it does in MAUCRSA.

 

EE.  “Owner”, or “landowner” when referring to the owner of the parcel,  means  the person(s) or entity identified as the owner on the recorded deed for the parcel.

 

FF.  “Parcel” means any parcel of real property that may be separately sold in compliance with the Subdivision Map Act (commencing with Section 66410 of the Government Code).

 

GG.  “Person” means an individual.

 

HH.  “Personal cultivation” means that cultivation of cannabis for personal use that is allowed under MAUCRESA and the provisions of this Chapter.

 

II.  “Plant” has the same meaning as “live plant” in B&P §26001.

 

JJ.  “Possessing” or “possession”, when referring to medical cannabis, has the same meaning as it does for purposes of the Health & Safety Code.

 

KK.  “Private residence” means a dwelling as defined in this Chapter; or an individual unit of a multi-family dwelling; or a temporary dwelling as provided in Chapter

17.93 of the County Code to the extent there are victims eligible for relief under this Chapter due to a currently declared disaster

 

LL.  “Recreational cannabis” means that cannabis allowed under MAUCRSA that is not medical cannabis.

 

MM.  “Registrant” means someone who has been issued a non-commercial cultivation registration under this Chapter or, as the context requires, someone who has been issued a registration under the May 10, 2016 version of this Chapter.

 

NN.  “Residence” shall have the same meaning as “Dwelling”, as defined in 17.95.020.P.

 

OO.  “Testing” or “laboratory testing”, when referring  to  medical  cannabis,  has  the same meaning as laboratory testing” as defined in B&P §26001.

 

PP.  “Transport”, “transporting”, or “transportation”, refers to the transporting of cannabis and cannabis products between holders of state-issued licenses under MAUCRSA.

 

17.95.030 Relationship to other laws; termination of medical cannabis registrations and “application pending” certificates; amortization.

 

A.  It is intended that the provisions of this Chapter will supersede any other provisions of the Calaveras County Code found to be in conflict and shall apply regardless of whether the activities existed or occurred prior to the adoption of this Chapter.

 

B.  Any and all “registration” or “application pending” certificates issued by the County for medical cannabis cultivation sites under the prior version of this Chapter (the Urgency Ordinance adopted May 10, 2016), whether for personal, primary caregiver, or commercial cultivation,  shall terminate and be  rendered invalid ninety (90) days after the effective date of this permanent ordinance.

 

C.  All individuals or entities cultivating cannabis pursuant to a cannabis cultivation site registration or “application pending” certificate under the prior version of this Chapter (the Urgency Ordinance adopted May 10, 2016) shall come into full compliance with all provisions of this Chapter other than Section 17.95.050 within ninety (90) days of its effective date and shall come into full compliance with the provisions of Section 17.95.050 within twelve (12) months of its enactment.

 

D.  The Planning Department shall, within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this permanent ordinance, notify the State Bureau of Cannabis Control pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 26200that all County approvals of medical cannabis cultivation sites, whether pursuant to a registration or an “application pending” certificate, will be terminated as a matter of law at the end of the ninetieth (90th) day after the effective date of this Chapter. With the exception of cannabis cultivators who have had their registrations revoked or invalidated after issuance, the Planning Department shall, in such notice to the State, explain that the rescission of these approvals is unrelated to the individual conduct of the  growers.

 

E.  Notwithstanding any of the above, the provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to medical cannabis dispensaries, which are separately regulated under Chapter 17.91 of the Calaveras County Code.

 

F.  Nothing in this Chapter is intended nor shall it be construed to  preclude  a landlord from limiting or prohibiting cannabis cultivation, smoking, or other related activities by tenants within the limits of state and local law.

 

G.  No cannabis cultivation, including cannabis cultivation that occurred pursuant to the temporary authorization provided under the prior version of this Chapter, shall be deemed an “agricultural operation” for purposes of Title 14 of the Calaveras County Code or a “legally existing agricultural land use” for purposes of Title 17 of the Calaveras County Code.

 

17.95.040 Nuisance Declared; Cannabis Cultivation & Related Activities Prohibited; Exceptions

 

A.  All cultivation of cannabis, whether indoor or outdoor, is hereby declared to be unlawful in all zones and a public nuisance that may be abated and subject to enforcement pursuant to Chapter 8.06 of the County Code. This provision shall apply to cannabis cultivation by a nursery but shall not apply to cannabis cultivation by a lawful, permitted dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of this Code. This Section shall not affect the right to use or possess cannabis as authorized by state law.

 

B.  All cannabis manufacturing, testing, distributing, or transporting, is hereby declared to be unlawful in all zones and a public nuisance that may be abated and subject to enforcement pursuant to Chapter 8.06 of the County Code. This provision shall not apply to prevent a lawful, permitted medical cannabis dispensary operating in compliance with state law and Chapter 17.91 of this Code from engaging in any of the activities permitted under a state licensed medical cannabis retailer as defined by B&P §26070 and as further restricted by Chapter 17.91. This provision shall also not apply to the lawful transportation of medical cannabis by a licensed medical cannabis distributor (holding a current, valid M-Type 11 license or similar temporary license pursuant to MAUCRSA) to a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in compliance with MAUCRSA and with Chapter 17.91 of the County Code.

 

C.  Notwithstanding Subsection A above, this section shall not apply to the non- commercial cultivation of recreational cannabis by a person(s) aged twenty-one (21) or older, or the non-commercial cultivation of medical cannabis by a person(s) aged eighteen (18) years or older, provided that such cultivation is registered in conformance with this Chapter and complies with all of the following conditions:

 

          1. No more than six (6) live cannabis plants per private residence may be cultivated indoors at any one time regardless of:

a. Whether the cannabis is medical or recreational;

b. Whether the cannabis is grown inside the private residence or in an accessory structure thereto;

c. The size or maturity of the plant(s); or

d. The number of recreational users, medical users, or primary caregivers residing together in the private residence.

 

          2. If a person cultivating cannabis does not own the parcel on which the private residence is located, express written permission from the owner(s) consenting to cannabis cultivation and any associated material alterations to the property must be obtained prior to commencing cultivation, shall be maintained at the private residence, and shall be provided to the County upon request of any Enforcement Officer.

 

          3. There shall be at least one dwelling as defined in Section 17.95.020 of this Chapter (or a temporary dwelling as provided in Chapter 17.93 of  the County  Code  for  disaster  victims)  on  any  parcel  on  which  cannabis  is cultivated pursuant to this Section, and each cultivator must maintain his/her primary residence on this parcel. If a cultivator moves to a new primary residence that will accommodate the inclusion of his/her registered non- commercial cultivation within the requirements of this Chapter, he/she must notify the Planning Department and request a modification of his/her registration within seventy-two (72) hours of placing live cannabis plants on the parcel to which he/she is relocating. If a registered cultivator stops cultivating at his/her residence, he/she must notify the Planning Department within seventy-two (72) hours of the removal of the live plants and request a cancellation of his/her registration.

 

          4. Cannabis cultivation shall only occur within a single designated area of a dwelling or within a single accessory structure thereto with solid walls and a ceiling, roof or top and which complies with all local ordinances, codes, regulations, and permitting requirements for the accessory structure’s type, size, and intended use. The cultivation shall be subordinate, incidental, and accessory to the residential use.

 

          5. The cultivation site must be in full compliance with all other applicable requirements of the County Code, including but not limited to the building, safety, and technical codes and requirements relevant to  obtaining necessary building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or other permits, inspection of the residence, and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

 

          6. No cultivation is permitted within the common areas of a multi-family dwelling, residential development, mobile home park, or other similar residential arrangements.

 

          7. Whenever the cultivation site contains cannabis, the cultivation site shall be enclosed and securely locked, using a child resistant lock, in a manner designed to reasonably prevent access by unaccompanied minors  at  all times that it is not occupied by an adult at least eighteen years of age.

 

          8. The cultivation site shall be reasonably screened from common ground-level public view and from the view of parcels containing a “sensitive use” as that term is defined in Calaveras County Code Chapter 17.91. “public view”, as used in this paragraph, shall mean view from a public or private road fronting the parcel on which cannabis is cultivated.

 

          9. There shall be no form of signage on the parcel suggesting the presence of cannabis.

 

          10. There shall be no cultivation within any private residence containing a child day care as defined by state and/or local law.

 

          11. There shall be no light pollution, glare, or brightness of artificial illumination associated with the cultivation.

 

          12. No generator shall be used for cultivation activities, including pumping, except as an emergency backup to another power source. Any generator providing temporary, emergency power to the cultivation site shall be:

a. Housed in an insulated shed; and

b. Set back a minimum of seventy-five (75) feet from the property line; and

c. In compliance with the County’s noise ordinance.

 

          13. The cultivation area shall be watered:

a. Using a legal water source on the parcel,

b. Without engaging in unlawful or unpermitted surface drawing of water for such cultivation, and

c. Without allowing illegal discharges of water or chemicals from the property.

 

          14. Soil and mulch, amendments, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, fertilizers and other hazardous materials shall be used, stored, and disposed of in full compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

 

          15. The cultivation shall comply with all provisions of this Chapter and all laws, regulations, and ordinances that apply within the County’s jurisdictional boundaries including but not limited to, as applicable, the CUA, MMPA, MAUCRSA, and any subsequent amendments to these laws, regulations, and ordinances.

 

          16. If personal cultivation is occurring in the same residence as primary caregiver cultivation, the primary caregiver cannabis shall be kept and secured in the same cultivation area as the personal cannabis but shall be clearly identified in a manner that would allow an enforcement official entering the room to immediately distinguish these plants from plants being cultivated for personal use.

 

          17. No more than six (6) cannabis plants of any type may be cultivated at a parcel at any one time, regardless of the number of patients a caregiver has and regardless of whether or not recreational cannabis will also be grown on the parcel.

 

          18. All applicants for a personal or primary caregiver non-commercial registration pursuant to this Chapter shall provide the Planning Department with:

a. A complete application, the mandatory form and content of which shall be developed by the Planning Department and posted on its website.

b. If the applicant is not the owner of the parcel to be permitted, a letter on a form developed by the Planning Department and signed, dated and notarized by the owner(s) of the parcel, authorizing the applicant to cultivate cannabis on the parcel and to make any associated material alterations to the property. The letter shall include the name, address, and phone number of the land owner.

c. A  written description of where the cultivation area will be sited and how it will be secured against access by trespassers and children, including description of all fencing, screening, gating, locks, lighting, cameras, and alarms

d. The indemnification agreement required under 17.95.110, which shall be on a form provided by the Planning Department.

e. Any other information required to complete the application form required under Subsection 17.95.060.A.1.

f. All applicants for a registration or permit under this Chapter shall pay, at the time of submitting an application, and annually thereafter, an application and processing fee established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.

 

17.95.050 Remediation and Restoration of Former Cannabis Cultivation Sites

 

A.  A “former cannabis cultivation site” for purposes of this section is that portion of a parcel on which cannabis cultivation or related activities have occurred within twenty-four (24) months of the enactment date of this Chapter but no longer legally occurs, regardless of whether or not anyone is lawfully residing on the parcel and regardless of whether or not a previous cannabis cultivator retains physical or legal possession of the parcel.

B.  The current legal owner(s) of a parcel containing a former cannabis cultivation site, whether or not the site was registered under the County’s prior medical cannabis cultivation site registration system or had an “application pending” certificate, shall have a joint and several duty to take immediate steps to maintain the site in  a manner  which  prevents soil erosion and sediment run- off; visual blight; illegal diversion of water supply; contamination of soil; contamination of waters of the State from soil additives such as soil and mulch, amendments, and fertilizers; improper keeping, storage  and/or  disposal of  rodenticides,  fungicides,  herbicides  and  pesticides;  and improper keeping, generation, storage, or disposal of household waste, fuel and chemical containers, and/or other hazardous waste or materials which may cause harm to public health or the environment.

 

C.  The current owner(s) and former cultivator(s) of a parcel containing a former cannabis cultivation site shall additionally have a joint and several duty to take all of the following actions to remediate and restore the former cannabis cultivation site within twenty-four (24) months of the effective date of the current version of this Chapter:

 

          1.  All preparation and/or development of the site for future cannabis cultivation or related activities that are not permitted under this Chapter shall cease, regardless of whether or not a grading permit, building permit, or other similar permit has been issued for these activities.

 

          2. To the extent an unexpired permit exists for earthmoving activity, water diversion activity, waste discharge, timber harvesting, construction, or any other activity, and to the extent such unexpired permit imposes conditions for the site upon cessation of cannabis cultivation activity, these conditions shall be fully complied with.

 

          3. To the extent that earthmoving activity, water diversion activity, timber harvesting, construction, or any other activity occurred on the site which requires a permit under local, state, or federal law, but for which a permit was never applied for or received, a permit shall be applied for and received, and its conditions shall be fully complied with, regardless of whether or not the unpermitted activity has ceased.

 

          4. All remediation and restoration activities shall be performed in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations.

 

          5. Best management practices shall be employed to control soil erosion and protect water quality on the site.

 

          6. Any unlawful diversion or use of water for cannabis cultivation on the site shall cease, and both the site and the streambed(s) or waterway(s) impacted by the diversion shall be restored to their pre-diversion state in compliance with all laws.

 

          7. Soil and mulch, amendments, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, fertilizers and other hazardous materials shall be properly disposed of or stored as required by law.

 

          8. All temporary structures placed on the site for purposes of cannabis cultivation or related activities, including but not limited to hoop houses and unpermitted greenhouses, recreational vehicles, outhouses, and temporary fencing shall be removed and properly disposed of within 90 days of the effective date of this ordinance.

 

9. All waste, including but not limited to household, commercial, and agricultural waste, fuel and chemical containers, and any other hazardous waste shall be properly collected and removed from the site in accordance with all laws to prevent a nuisance and public health hazard.

 

These provisions do not require restoration of the site to its pre-cannabis cultivation condition but require the site to be reclaimed pursuant to the above- stated provisions to a condition that allows for suitable subsequent use of the property.

 

D.  Any temporary permit issued pursuant to 17.95.165.N.14 of the version of this Chapter adopted May 10, 2016 shall automatically terminate, and all removal of temporary facilities authorized by that permit shall be removed, within 90 days of the effective date of this ordinance.

 

17.95.060  Enforcement; Fines; Liability to Pay Costs and Fines

 

A.  To enforce the provisions of this Chapter, an Enforcement Official may, at a reasonable time, request inspection of any parcel known to be or suspected of cultivating cannabis. If the person owning or occupying the parcel refuses the request for an inspection, the Enforcement Official shall have recourse to pursue every remedy provided by law to secure entry, including but not limited to obtaining an inspection warrant.

 

B.  Whenever any Enforcement Official determines that a public nuisance as described in this Chapter exists within the unincorporated County, he or she is authorized to utilize the enforcement, abatement, cost recovery, and administrative hearing provisions described in Chapter 8.06 of the County Code, including, as necessary, the summary abatement provisions of that Chapter. The County shall also have the right to utilize any injunction, enforcement, cost recovery, abatement or other administrative, criminal or civil remedy available to the County under applicable laws, including but not limited to the civil, criminal and administrative remedies provided in this Chapter, Chapter 17.100 of the County Code, Government Code §25845, and MAUCRSA. Nothing herein shall be read, interpreted or construed in any manner so as to limit any existing right or power of the county of Calaveras or any other governmental entity to enforce county ordinances, including but not limited to Chapter 17.100 of the Calaveras County Code, or to abate any and all nuisances, or employ any remedy available at law or equity.

 

C.  If the County enforces a violation of this Chapter pursuant to Chapter 8.06 of the County Code, the alternative enforcement procedures applicable to cannabis cultivation under Section 8.06.700 shall apply to violations of this Chapter and shall apply equally to enforcing violations related to cannabis-related uses and activities other than cultivation such as violations concerning the manufacture, testing, distribution, or transporting of cannabis.

 

D.  Any person and/or entity that owns or occupies a residence or parcel upon which cannabis is cultivated, manufactured, tested, distributed or transported in violation of this Chapter, or which otherwise violates any of the provisions of this Chapter, may be subject to any and all remedies legally available to the County.

 

E.  In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Chapter and other provisions of the County Code, the provisions of this Chapter shall apply. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of Chapter 8.06 and Chapter 17.100 of the County Code with respect to the enforcement of violations of this Chapter, the provisions of Chapter 8.06 shall apply.

 

F.  Nothing herein shall be read, interpreted or construed in any manner so as to limit any existing right or power of the County to enforce County ordinances and regulations, to abate any and all nuisances, or to employ any remedy available at law or equity.

 

G.  Issuance of a warning shall not be a requirement prior to enforcement of any provision of this Chapter.

 

H.  In any enforcement action brought to enforce the provisions of this Chapter, each owner and/or occupant who causes, permits, allows, or maintains the unlawful cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution or transporting of cannabis shall be jointly and severally liable for all resulting administrative fines and for any and all actual costs of enforcement incurred by the County, in the event the County brings and prevails in any administrative proceeding, civil suit, or any other action to enforce the provisions of this Chapter.

 

I.  Each person or entity violating this Chapter shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, on which any violation of any provision of this Chapter is committed, continued, or permitted by any such person or entity. Any violation which persists for more than one day is deemed a continuing violation.

 

J.  In addition to the actual abatement and/or administrative costs incurred by the County in enforcing this Chapter, any person who has been issued a notice of violation and fails to abate such violation within the timeframes specified in the notice, shall be assessed an administrative fine of one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per day. The administrative fine shall be assessed immediately upon the expiration of the deadline specified in the notice of violation and shall continue to accrue daily until the violation has been fully abated and verified by the Enforcement Officer.

 

K.  Any violation of this Chapter can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor.

 

L.  A permittee shall provide to the planning director, upon request, written evidence to the planning director’s reasonable satisfaction, that the permittee is not engaged in interstate commerce, as it relates to cannabis.

 

SECTION 2: SEVERABILITY

 

If any part or subsection of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid, unlawful, or unconstitutional, such invalidity, unlawfulness, or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity, lawfulness, or constitutionality of any other part of this chapter.

 

SECTION 3: FINDINGS

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras finds and declares as follows:

A.  The Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801 et seq., classifies cannabis (or marijuana) as a Schedule I Drug, which is defined as a drug or other substance that has a high potential for abuse, that has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and that has not been accepted as safe for use under medical supervision.

 

B.  The Federal Controlled Substances Act makes it unlawful, under federal law, for any person to cultivate, manufacture, distribute or dispense,  or  possess  with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, marijuana or cannabis. The Federal Controlled Substances Act contains no exemption for the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or possession of marijuana or cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.

 

C.  On October 19, 2009, then-Attorney General David W. Ogden issued a memorandum directing federal prosecutors in states with medical cannabis regulations to deprioritize the prosecution of compliant businesses and individuals. Substantively similar memoranda were subsequently issued by then- Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and became known collectively as “the Cole memos”. The Cole memo, while not providing a defense against potential federal enforcement, professed tolerance of state schemes to regulate medical cannabis so long as they were sufficiently stringent to protect against the types of cannabis-related activity deemed a priority by the federal government. To date, the Cole memos have not been rescinded or replaced.

 

D.  On December 16, 2014, then-President Barack H. Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, containing language known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the expenditure of federal funds to prosecute cases against medical cannabis patients and providers, including businesses, in states where medical cannabis use is legal. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment has been repeatedly renewed and extended by both the former and current administrations and was extended most recently on December 22, 2017. There are, to date, no federal policies protecting against federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in the recreational cannabis context.

 

E.  In 1996, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 215, "The Compassionate Use Act", (codified as Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5), which was intended to decriminalize cultivation and possession of medical cannabis by a seriously ill patient, or the patient's primary caregiver, for the patient's personal use, and to create a limited defense to the crimes of possessing or cultivating cannabis. The Act further provided that nothing in it shall be construed to supersede legislation prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others, or to condone the diversion of cannabis for non- medical purposes.

 

F.  The State enacted SB 420 in 2004 (known as the "Medical Marijuana Program Act", codified as Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7 et seq.) to expand and clarify the scope of The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 by creating the Medical Marijuana Identification Card program, creating reasonable regulations for cultivating, processing, transporting and administering cannabis, as well as limiting the amount of cannabis a qualified individual may possess.

 

G.  Health & Safety Code §11362.7 defines a "primary caregiver" as an individual who is designated by a qualified patient or by a person with an identification card, and who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that patient or person and is further defined in the California Supreme Court decision People v. Mentch (2008) 45 Cal.4th 274.

 

H.  The State enacted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) on September 11, 2015 (SB 643, AB 266, and AB 243), instituting a comprehensive state-level licensure and regulatory scheme for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, laboratory testing, and dispensing of medical cannabis through numerous changes and additions to the Business & Professions Code and the Health and Safety Code. MMRSA legalized and regulated for-profit commercial activity related to medical cannabis in California. MMRSA has been subsequently amended and renamed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA).

 

I.  While, prior to May 10, 2016, Calaveras County had never adopted a local ordinance allowing or regulating cannabis cultivation within the County (or other cannabis activities aside from medical cannabis dispensaries), there had been for many years several hundred unregulated cannabis cultivation sites within the County. While these cultivation sites were unlawful under  principles  of permissive zoning and County Code 17.04.010, some growers have argued they were legal because they were not expressly banned. The adoption of this ordinance will serve to clarify which cannabis cultivation activities the County expressly intends to allow and which ones it expressly intends to prohibit.

 

J. When MMRSA was originally enacted on January 1, 2016, it contained a provision requiring local governments to either adopt a local regulatory scheme for medical cannabis activities by March 1, 2016 or the State would become "the sole licensing authority" for these activities.

 

K.  Throughout the State of California, many cities and counties, including cities and counties surrounding Calaveras County, quickly adopted local urgency ordinances banning or severely restricting medical cannabis activities within their boundaries.

 

L.  On February 3, 2016, the Governor of California signed Assembly Bill 21, removing the March 1st deadline for counties and cities to develop their own regulatory schemes.

 

M.  On February 16, 2016, the Board of Supervisors, at an open public meeting, directed the County Counsel's Office to draft an ordinance allowing but regulating medical cannabis  cultivation and commercial uses involving medical cannabis within the jurisdictional boundaries of Calaveras County. This ordinance required the preparation of a programmatic environmental impact report before it could be adopted and implemented, and this process had the potential to take more than a year to complete.

 

N.  Meanwhile, in the wake of the Board of Supervisor’s February 16, 2016 directive to prepare an ordinance allowing medical cannabis cultivation, Calaveras County experienced a marked influx of people who were escaping the new regulatory bans of medical cannabis cultivation in neighboring jurisdictions, purchasing and leasing real estate within the County, and seeking to use these properties to cultivate medical cannabis in anticipation of the County’s new ordinance. There had also been a steep rise in land speculation by existing local growers who were buying inexpensive properties affected by the Butte Fire and seeking to move or expand their cultivation sites beyond the ones they have already created. There was a concern that these trends were contributing to an unstudied, unregulated, and potentially significant impact on the environment.

 

O.  Meanwhile, the County’s geographic and climatic conditions, which include dense forested areas with adequate precipitation and mild winters, provide conditions that are favorable to outdoor cannabis cultivation, allowing growers to achieve a high per-plant yield.

 

P.  As a means of mitigating the impact of the influx of  growers  pending  final adoption of an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed permanent regulatory scheme for cannabis cultivation and commerce, the Board of Supervisors, on May 10, 2016, adopted an interim urgency ordinance authorizing temporary fee-based registrations for existing cannabis cultivation sites and requiring strict compliance with local and state laws designed  to  protect  the public and the environment until a permanent ordinance was adopted. The applications were lengthy in order to capture the extensive compliance criteria, and the processing of each application was, as a result, highly labor-intensive.

 

Q.  As a result of 1) most neighboring jurisdictions having continued to ban or severely restrict commercial cannabis cultivation, 2) a sustained unusual availability of inexpensive land for sale that was suitable for cannabis cultivation, and 3) the approximately three-month gap between the day the regulatory scheme was publicly announced and the May 10, 2016 cut-off date for having a prepared cultivation site that could qualify for registration under it, the influx into the county of new growers continued, and approximately three times the expected number of registration applications were submitted to the Planning Department. Fewer than 300 were expected, but approximately 900  were received.

 

R.  Almost half of the registration applications thus far processed by the Planning Department have resulted in a denial of the application after further investigation revealed disqualifying circumstances concerning the site  or the grower. Thus, the imposition of strict regulations and a three-month timeframe to comply did not adequately disincentivize unqualified cannabis cultivators from paying the registration  fee  and  gambling  that  their  disqualifying  conditions  would  remain unnoticed. The unexpected influx of additional growers, which included an influx of unqualified growers, has been correlated with an increase in cannabis-related crime, including but not limited to robbery, assault, and murder.

 

S.  This unexpected number of registration applications, some legitimate and some not, overwhelmed the County’s ability to quickly process the applications to determine if the sites met all of the qualification criteria of the urgency ordinance. The application burden far outpaced the ability of the Planning Department, Code Enforcement, and the Sheriff’s Department, even with additional proceeds from registration fees, to hire, train, and retain an adequate number of new staff members to review applications, conduct background checks and inspect proposed sites while also continuing their other day-to-day duties.

 

T.  A significant number of registration applications for the 2016 cultivation season remain  unprocessed to date, and now a second cannabis harvest has concluded.

 

U.  The knowledge that County staff is overwhelmed by the application burden will likely incentivize those whose sites or whose criminal background do not qualify for registration, but whose applications have not yet been processed, to continue growing cannabis despite having substandard sites or disqualifying circumstances that would negate the protections intended by the urgency ordinance.

 

V.  On November 8, 2016, the voters of California adopted Proposition 64, “The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA), which requires local jurisdictions to allow its residents to cultivate up to six cannabis plants indoors non-commercially for recreational use. AUMA retained the right of local jurisdictions to impose reasonable regulations on recreational cultivation and imposes a comprehensive statewide regulatory scheme on recreational cannabis use and commerce.

 

W.  On November 8, 2016 the voters of Calaveras County adopted a measure to tax commercial cannabis businesses within the County but rejected a voter initiative seeking to establish a permanent regulatory ordinance that allowed more uses in more zones than the existing urgency ordinance.

 

X.  In January 2017, another County voter initiative, Measure B, qualified for the May 2017 ballot seeking to ban commercial cannabis within the County. The newly elected Board of Supervisors called a special election to allow the people to vote on the initiative.

 

Y.  In February 2017, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare a permanent ordinance   banning   commercial   cannabis   cultivation   and   other   commercial cannabis uses within the County (other than medical  cannabis  dispensaries, which remain regulated under a separate chapter of the County Code). Meanwhile, the Board voted to extend the Urgency Ordinance as allowed by state law to provide the time required to prepare and adopt a ban without existing regulations lapsing.

 

Z.  On March 28, 2017, after a legal challenge was filed by a member of the public, the Calaveras County Superior Court ordered Measure B stricken from the ballot after finding some of its language to be impermissibly misleading.

 

AA.  On June 27, 2017, the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) was enacted, intended to reconcile the differences between previously enacted state regulations. MAUCRSA was further amended on September 16, 2017. On November 16, 2017, the state adopted emergency regulations to implement MAUCRSA. Under the current state law cannabis regulatory scheme, counties are required to allow the indoor cultivation of at least six cannabis plants per residence, but counties are still permitted to impose regulations on this activity.

 

BB.  The rapid changes to cannabis-related state laws over the last two years; the concomitant transitioning of an illegal industry utilizing illegal cultivation and industry practices to a legal industry adopting legal cultivation and industry practices; and the uncertainty concerning federal enforcement policies, final state law requirements, and the effectiveness of the state’s implementation and enforcement of MAUCRSA further justify the imposition of a ban on most commercial cannabis businesses within the County.

 

CC.  Children (minor under the age of 18) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cannabis use and the presence of cannabis plants or products is an attractive nuisance for children, creating an unreasonable hazard in areas frequented by children (including schools, parks, and other similar locations). The cultivation of cannabis, including non-commercial cannabis, at locations deemed “sensitive uses” under Chapter 17.91 of the County Code creates unique risks that the cannabis plants may be observed by juveniles, and therefore, be especially vulnerable to theft or recreational consumption by juveniles. Further, the potential for criminal activities associated with the cultivation or distribution of cannabis in the proximity of such locations poses heightened risks that juveniles will be involved or endangered.

 

DD.  The prohibition of commercial cannabis cultivation in the unincorporated area of Calaveras County is necessary to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the County, its residents and its environment. Furthermore, comprehensive regulation of the premises used for non-commercial cannabis cultivation is necessary  to  protect  the  health,  safety,  and  well-being  of  the  County,  its residents and environment by reducing risks associated with criminal activity, degradation of the natural environment malodorous smells, and electrical fire hazards.

 

EE.  As cannabis plants begin to flower, and for a period of approximately two months or more during the growing season, they produce an extremely strong odor that is offensive to many people and detectable well beyond property boundaries upon which they are grown. The strong odor of cannabis may create  an attractive nuisance, alerting individuals to the location of plants, thereby creating the risk of potential crimes such as burglary, robbery, armed robbery, assault, attempted murder, and murder.

 

FF.  Comprehensive prohibition of commercial activities related to cannabis, including but not limited to the manufacture of cannabis products, distribution of cannabis, storage of cannabis, testing of cannabis, and commercial transport of cannabis, is proper to address the risks and adverse impacts associated with such activities, which include but are not limited to risks related to the concentration of large amounts of cannabis on a single premises, fire hazards, and toxin release hazards.

 

GG.  I l l e g a l ,   u n r e g u l a t e d outdoor cannabis cultivation, especially within the foothills, is negatively  impacting  California’s  surface  and  groundwater resources. The State Water Resources Control Board, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have seen a dramatic increase in the number of cannabis gardens, and corresponding increases in impacts to water supply and water quality, including the discharge of sediments, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum hydrocarbons, trash and human waste. The sources of these impacts result from unpermitted and unregulated timber clearing, road development, stream diversion for irrigation, land grading, erosion of disturbed surfaces and stream banks, and temporary human occupancy without proper sanitary facilities. Express prohibition of outdoor cannabis cultivation is necessary to reduce the risks of these impacts.

 

HH.  II. The unregulated indoor cultivation of substantial  amounts  of  cannabis poses potential health and safety risks to those living in the residence, especially to children, and includes the increased risks of fire from grow light systems, exposure to fertilizers, pesticides, anti-fungus/mold  agents,  and exposure to  potential property crimes targeting the residence.

 

II.  The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration reports that  various  types  of cannabis  plants  under  certain  planting  conditions  may  yield  an  average of between ½ pound to nearly 2 pounds of cannabis. The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center estimates the “street  value”  of  domestically produced high-grade cannabis sold illegally in California at $200-$2500 per pound, and an informal survey by the Sheriff’s Department of cannabis dispensary prices in Northern California revealed retail prices ranging between roughly $2000 per pound to roughly $6000 per pound.

 

JJ.  Large-scale unregulated cannabis cultivation has attracted crime and associated violence in this and other counties, and grows may involve armed guards and/or booby traps that threaten severe bodily harm or death to anyone who attempts to access the area of the grow. In 2011, there was an armed robbery and murder associated with an illegal grow in Amador County, and a robbery attempt in this County resulted in the shooting deaths of three men in late 2015.

 

KK.  Calaveras County has a compelling interest in protecting  the  public  health, safety, and welfare of its residents and businesses, in protecting the local environment and local resources, in preserving the peace and quiet of the neighborhoods in which large-scale cannabis cultivation operations may exist, and in providing access to cannabis for ill residents.

 

LL.  The immunities from certain prosecution provided  to  qualified  patients,  their primary caregivers, and medical and recreational users under State law to cultivate cannabis plants does not confer the right to create or maintain a public nuisance. By adopting the regulations contained in this Chapter, the County is hoping to minimize the risks of and complaints regarding fire, odor, crime, environmental degradation, and pollution caused or threatened by the unregulated cultivation of cannabis in the unincorporated area of Calaveras County.

 

MM.  Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to allow the cultivation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis that is otherwise illegal under State law; to allow the diversion of medical cannabis into the non-medical market; or to allow the diversion of any cannabis into interstate commerce. No provision of this Chapter shall be deemed a defense or immunity to any action brought against any person by the County of Calaveras, Calaveras County District Attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California, or the United States of America.

 

NN.  In Browne v. County of Tehama, 213 Cal. App. 4th 704 (2013), the California Court of Appeal stated that “Neither the Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Cannabis Program grants...anyone...an unfettered right to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes. Accordingly, the regulation of cultivation of medical cannabis does not conflict with either statute.” Similarly, in City of Riverside v.  Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Center, Inc., 56 Cal. 4th 729 (2013), the California Supreme Court concurred that “Nothing in the CUA or the MMPA expressly or impliedly limits the inherent authority of a local jurisdiction, by its own ordinances, to regulate the use of its land...” Additionally, in Maral v. City of Live Oak (2013), 221 Cal.App. 4th 975, 983 (review denied), the same Court of Appeal held that “there is no right—and certainly no constitutional right—to cultivate medical cannabis...” The Court in Live Oak affirmed the ability of a local governmental entity  to prohibit the cultivation of cannabis under its land use authority. These cases have not been overruled by the state’s adoption of its new regulatory scheme.

 

OO.  California Business and Professions Code §26200 expressly states that the division added to the Business and Professions Code pursuant to MAUCRSA “shall not be interpreted to supersede or limit the authority of a local jurisdiction to…completely prohibit the establishment or operation” of a commercial businesses licensed under MAUCRSA or to “supersede or limit existing local authority for law enforcement activity, enforcement of local zoning requirements or local ordinances, or enforcement of local license, permit, or other authorization requirements”.

 

PP.  California Business and Professions Code §26200 expressly states, “This division, or any regulations promulgated there under, shall not be deemed to limit the authority or remedies of a city, county, or city and county under any provision of law, including, but not limited to, Section 7 of Article XI of the California Constitution.”

 

QQ.  While California Health and Safety Code  §11362.777  declares  cannabis cultivation an “agricultural product” for purposes of the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program and  MCRSA,  it  also expressly prohibits cannabis cultivation statewide in the absence of “a license, permit, or other entitlement, specifically permitting cultivation pursuant to these provisions, from the city, county, or city and county in which the cultivation will occur”. State law regulates cannabis differently than it does other agricultural products, and it allows counties to do the same.

 

SECTION 4: CEQA FINDINGS

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras certifies that the Environmental Impact Report prepared for this ordinance has been completed in compliance with CEQA, that the Final Environmental Impact Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Supervisors has reviewed and considered the information contained in the Final EIR, and that the Final EIR reflects the County’s independent judgment. Further, the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts the Findings of Fact, which are attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference.

 

SECTION 5: This ordinance, or a summary thereof including the vote of each Board member, shall be published within fifteen days after the date hereof in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the County of Calaveras, State of California, and shall become effective thirty days after the date hereof.

 

The foregoing ordinance was duly passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras at a regular meeting thereof, held on the 10th day of January, 2018, by the following vote:

 

AYES:          Tofanelli, Mills, Clapp

NOES:          Garamendi, Oliveira

ABSENT:          N/A

 

 

ATTACHMENT A

 

CALAVERAS COUNTY BAN ON COMMERCIAL CANNABIS OPERATIONS

FINDINGS OF FACT

 

I.  INTRODUCTION

 

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors (Board), in the exercise of its independent judgment, makes and adopts the following findings regarding the Calaveras County Ban on Commercial Cannabis Operations (the Ban Ordinance) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (Pub. Resources Code, § 21000 et seq.) (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 14, § 15000 et seq.).

 

II.  STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR FINDINGS

 

Public Resources Code section 21002 provides that “public agencies should not approve projects as proposed if there are feasible alternatives or feasible mitigation measures available which would substantially lessen the significant environmental effects of such projects[.]” The same section provides that the procedures required by CEQA “are intended to assist public agencies in systematically identifying both the significant effects of projects and the feasible alternatives or feasible mitigation measures which will avoid or substantially lessen such significant effects.” (Pub. Resources Code, § 21002.) Section 21002 goes on to provide that “in the event [that] specific economic, social, or other conditions make infeasible such project alternatives or such mitigation measures, individual projects may be approved in spite of one or more significant effects thereof.”

 

The mandate and principles announced in Public Resources Code section 21002 are implemented, in part, through the requirement that agencies must adopt findings before approving projects for which EIRs are required. (See Pub. Resources Code, §21081, subd. (a); CEQA Guidelines, §15091, subd. (a).) For each significant environmental effect identified in an EIR for a project, the approving agency must issue a written finding reaching one or more of three permissible conclusions:

 

(1) Changes or alterations have been required in, or incorporated into, the project which avoid or substantially lessen the significant environmental effect as identified in the final EIR.

 

(2) Such changes or alterations are within the responsibility and jurisdiction of another public agency and not the agency making the finding. Such changes have been adopted by such other agency or can and should be adopted by such other agency.

 

(3) Specific economic, legal, social, technological, or other considerations, including provision of employment opportunities for highly trained workers, make infeasible the mitigation measures or project alternatives identified in the final EIR.

 

(CEQA Guidelines, § 15091, subd. (a); Pub. Resources Code, § 21081, subd. (a).) Public Resources Code section 21061.1 defines “feasible” to mean “capable of being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into account economic, environmental, social, legal, and technological factors.” (See also Citizens of Goleta Valley v.

Bd. of Supervisors (1990) 52 Cal.3d 553, 565.)

 

With respect to a project for which significant impacts are not avoided or substantially lessened, a public agency, after adopting proper findings, may nevertheless approve the project if the agency first adopts a Statement of Overriding Considerations setting forth the specific reasons why the agency found that the project’s “benefits” rendered “acceptable” its “unavoidable adverse environmental effects.” (CEQA Guidelines, §§ 15093, 15043, subd. (b); see also Pub.

Resources Code, §21081, subd. (b).)

 

Here, as explained below and in the Final EIR, the Ban Ordinance would not result in any significant environmental effects. Since there are no significant environmental effects, the Board is not required to consider any mitigation measures or alternatives, and CEQA does not require the Board to make any specific findings. Nevertheless, the Board issues these findings to document its independent judgment regarding the potential environmental effects analyzed in the Final EIR and to document its reasoning for approving the Ban Ordnance.

 

III.  PROJECT BACKGROUND

 

Unregulated cannabis cultivation and related activities have been occurring in Calaveras County for decades. Even prior to the state’s adoption of the Medical Marijuana Regulatory and Safety Act (MMRSA) in September, 2015, the Board and County staff were working to develop an ordinance to regulate the cultivation of medical cannabis, but, for a time, were unable to establish clear policy guidance.

 

In early 2016, the Board directed County staff to prepare an ordinance that would regulate medical cannabis in the County. A draft regulatory ordinance was prepared and reviewed by the Board in February, 2016, and the County determined that an EIR would be necessary under CEQA. The originally-proposed regulatory ordinance included measures that would establish land use regulations for the cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution, and storage of medical marijuana within the County. A Notice of Preparation (NOP), the first step in preparing the EIR, was published by staff on April 5, 2016.

 

On May 10, 2016, the Board adopted an urgency ordinance—the Urgency Ordinance Regulating Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commercial Uses Involving Medical Cannabis. The purpose of the urgency ordinance was to quickly establish land use regulations concerning the cultivation, manufacture, testing, distribution, transportation, and storage of medical marijuana in the County. Adoption of the urgency ordinance was considered necessary to address conditions that were creating public nuisances related to location, types, and size of marijuana cultivation sites and commercial activities. Specifically, the urgency ordinance addressed the proximity of marijuana plants and products near schools, degradation of the natural environment, malodorous


smells, and indoor electrical fire hazards. Without further action by the Board, the urgency ordinance would have expired by its terms in February 2018.

 

In November 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), an initiative that legalized recreational use of cannabis and limited the extent to which local jurisdictions could restrict cultivation for personal use. This complicated the County’s regulatory scheme since the urgency ordinance only dealt with medical cannabis, not recreational cannabis.

 

In the meantime, in observation that cannabis cultivation was continuing to proliferate in the state, the County continued to consider its options for regulating cannabis. After new members were elected to the Board in November, 2016, the Board directed staff to prepare an ordinance that would ban cannabis cultivation and associated commercial activities in the County. A draft of the Ban Ordinance was prepared and posted on the Planning Department’s website on April 27, 2017. The Ban Ordinance was also included in the Draft EIR and analyzed as an alternative to the originally-proposed regulatory ordinance. Because the Ban Ordinance will preclude legal cannabis-related development and its associated physical environmental impacts, it was considered a reasonable alternative to reduce the potential physical environmental impacts associated with implementation of the originally-proposed ordinance. The Draft EIR explained that it was intended to serve as the environmental clearance document necessary for the Board’s approval of either the originally-proposed regulatory ordinance or the Ban Ordinance.

 

The state legislature subsequently approved Senate Bill 94, known as the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) which implemented Prop. 64 and significantly modified MCRSA with respect to both commercial cannabis regulation in general and to the addition of recreational use. This was signed into law by the Governor on June 27, 2017, and the Ban Ordinance was modified to conform to the new requirements.

 

Numerous other jurisdictions in California have considered or are considering similar bans on cannabis-related operations to the extent allowable under state law.

 

IV.  PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION

 

          A.  PROJECT OBJECTIVES

 

Recognizing the requirements of state and federal law related to the use and distribution of cannabis, the primary objectives of the Ban Ordinance include the following:

 

          1.  Comprehensively regulate premises within the County used for marijuana cultivation or commercial activities related to marijuana or to prohibit those uses within the constraints of state law.

 

          2. Maintain the health, safety, and well-being of the County, its residents, and environment.

 

          3. Minimize risks of and complaints regarding fire, odor, and pollution caused by unregulated cultivation of marijuana within the County.

          4. Protect the County’s surface and groundwater resources by reducing the discharge of sediments, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum hydrocarbons, trash, and human waste.

 

B.  PROJECT LOCATION

 

Calaveras County is located in California’s central Sierra Nevada region, ranging from low- elevation oak-covered foothills to high-elevation pine forests. The Mokelumne, Stanislaus and Calaveras rivers flow through the County collecting water from rain and melting snow to fill the County’s numerous lakes and reservoirs. The majority of land within the County falls within the regulatory jurisdiction of the County, with the exception of the City of Angels Camp, the only incorporated city within the county boundaries, and federal and state lands (approximate 13 percent of the land area of the County). Approximately 39,000 acres within the County are owned by the Bureau of Land Management with an additional 6,000 acres, associated with the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, owned by the State of California. The Ban Ordinance will apply countywide.

 

C.  PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

The Ban Ordinance is an amendment to Chapter 17.95 of the Calaveras County Code that, once in effect, will ban the cultivation of, and other commercial activities related to, cannabis within the County to the extent allowable under state law. The Ordinance contains six sections: a purpose and intent statement, definitions, provisions describing the relationship to other laws, a declaration that cultivation and all commercial activities relating to cannabis (except dispensaries and the minimum non-commercial cultivation protected under state law) are a nuisance and therefore prohibited, provisions for remediation of cultivation sites, and enforcement provisions.

 

With the adoption of the Ban Ordinance, the County will implement a ban on commercial cannabis operations and cannabis cultivation, in general, except for up to six indoor cannabis plants (regardless of whether they are cultivated for medical or recreational use or both). Per Proposition 64, as approved on November 8, 2016 by California voters (California Health and Safety Code section 11362.2, subdivision (b)(2)), the County may not completely prohibit residents from growing marijuana indoors and must allow residents the ability to cultivate up to six indoor plants (although reasonable regulations can be imposed).

 

Under the Ban Ordinance, no new commercial cannabis cultivation, processing, or distribution facilities will be allowed within the County. The Ban Ordinance will also require the cessation of commercial cannabis operations currently allowed under the County’s urgency ordinance and will require the restoration of existing sites. Steps must be taken to prevent erosion and run-off, properly dispose of or store agricultural chemicals, fuels, and other substances that could be considered hazardous, and remove any temporary or unauthorized structures. The responsibility, including all expenditures, for restoration, will be borne by the individual property owners.

 

V.  ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS

 

In accordance with Public Resources Code section 21092 and CEQA Guidelines section 15082, the County issued a notice of preparation (NOP) on April 7, 2016, to inform agencies and the general public that an EIR was being prepared and to invite comments on the scope and content of the document. The NOP was submitted to the State Clearinghouse; posted on the County’s website (http://planning.calaverasgov.us); posted with the Calaveras County Clerk; and made available at the Calaveras County Planning Department as well as the San Andreas Central Library. In addition, the NOP was distributed directly to public agencies (including potential responsible and trustee agencies), interested parties, and individuals who had previously requested such notices. Finally, a press release was issued by the County on April 5, 2016. The NOP was circulated through May 6, 2016, for a 30-day review period.

 

In accordance with Public Recourses Code section 21083.9 and CEQA Guidelines section 15082(c), a noticed scoping meeting for the EIR occurred on July 20, 2016, at the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas, California.

 

On May 1, 2017, a Draft EIR was released for a 45-day public review and comment period that ended on June 14, 2017.

 

The Draft EIR identified the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce Ordinance (regulatory ordinance) as the “proposed project.” At the direction of the Board, the Ban Ordinance was included in the Draft EIR and analyzed as an alternative to the proposed project. The Draft EIR explained that the Board directed County Counsel and the County Planning Department to prepare an ordinance banning the cultivation and other commercial activities related to cannabis to the extent allowable under state law and that the Draft EIR could serve as the appropriate CEQA document for adoption of the Ban Ordinance. The Draft EIR analyzed the potential environmental impacts of both the initially proposed regulatory ordinance and the Ban Ordnance, as well as two other alternatives. The level of impact varied by alternative, with only the Ban Ordnance having no impacts or less than significant impacts. Accordingly, the Ban Ordinance was identified as the “environmentally superior alternative.”

 

The DEIR was submitted to the State Clearinghouse; posted on the County’s website (http://planning.calaverasgov.us); posted with the Calaveras County Clerk; and made available at the Calaveras County Planning Department as well as the San Andreas Central Library. A notice of availability was distributed by the County to the Calaveras Enterprise and a project-specific mailing list.

 

The County held a public hearing on May 22, 2017, to receive input from agencies and the public on the Draft EIR. The hearing was held at the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas, California.

 

The County issued a Final EIR on September 5, 2017. The Final EIR includes the written and verbal comments that the County received from agencies, organizations, and individuals on the content of the Draft EIR, and responses to those comments. The Final EIR also includes minor revisions and clarifications, including an additional alternative and mitigation measure that were proposed during the comment period.

 

The Calaveras County Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 28, 2017, to consider a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Board consider both the Ban Ordinance and a strict regulatory ordinance that would impose greater restrictions on cannabis cultivation than allowed under the originally- proposed regulatory ordinance.

 

VI.  RECIRCULATION

 

Under CEQA Guidelines section 15088.5, recirculation of an EIR is required when “significant new information” is added to the EIR after public notice is given of the availability of the Draft EIR for public review but prior to certification of the Final EIR. The term “information” can include changes in the project or environmental setting, as well as additional data or other information. New information added to an EIR is not “significant,” however, unless the EIR is changed in a way that deprives the public of a meaningful opportunity to comment upon a substantial adverse environmental effect of the project or a feasible way to mitigate or avoid such an effect (including a feasible project alternative) that the project’s proponents have declined to implement.  “Significant new information” requiring recirculation includes, for example, a disclosure showing that:

 

          1.  A new significant environmental impact would result from the project or from a new mitigation measure proposed to be implemented.

 

          2.  A substantial increase in the severity of an environmental impact would result unless mitigation measures are adopted that reduce the impact to a level of insignificance.

 

          3.  A feasible project alternative or mitigation measure considerably different from others previously analyzed would clearly lessen the significant environmental impacts of the project, but the project’s proponents decline to adopt it.

 

          4.  The DEIR was so fundamentally and basically inadequate and conclusory in nature that meaningful public review and comment were precluded.

 

(CEQA Guidelines, § 15088.5, subd. (a).)

 

Recirculation is not required where the new information added to the EIR merely clarifies or amplifies or makes insignificant modifications in an adequate EIR. The above standard is “not intend[ed] to promote endless rounds of revision and recirculation of EIRs.” (Laurel Heights Improvement Assn. v. Regents of the Univ. of Cal. (1993) 6 Cal.4th 1112, 1132.) “Recirculation was intended to be an exception, rather than the general rule.” (Ibid.)

 

The Final EIR includes minor changes and revisions to the Draft EIR, including the addition of a new alternative—Alternative 4—that was suggested during the public comment period. That alternative, however, is not considerably different from the others previously analyzed and would not clearly lessen the significant environmental impacts of either the originally-proposed regulatory ordinance or the Ban Ordinance. Alternative 4 is similar to Alternative 3, with minor differences mainly related to setbacks and restricting such activities to larger parcels. Alternative 4 would result in similar environmental impacts as Alternative 3, which was analyzed in the DEIR. Moreover, Alternative 4 would result in greater impacts than the Ban Ordnance approved by the Board, which was also analyzed in the Draft EIR. Accordingly, including Alternative 4 in the Final EIR did not require recirculation.  (CEQA Guidelines, § 15088.5, subd. (a)(3); see also South County Citizens for Smart Growth v. County of Nevada (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 316, 330– 331.)

The Board finds that none of the changes and revisions in the Final EIR substantially affects the analysis or conclusions presented in the Draft EIR. Therefore, recirculation of the Draft EIR for additional public comments is not required. (CEQA Guidelines, § 15088.5, subd. (a).)

 

VII.  RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

 

In accordance with Public Resources Code section 21167.6(e), the record of proceedings for the Board’s approval of the Ban Ordinance includes the following documents at a minimum:

 

* The NOPs (Notices of Preparation) and all other public notices issued by the County in conjunction with the Draft EIR, as well as all comments submitted by agencies or members of the pubic during the comment period on the NOPs;

 

* The Draft EIR and all appendices;

 

* All comments submitted by agencies or members of the pubic during the comment period on the Draft EIR;

 

* All comments and correspondence submitted to the County with respect to the ordinance, in addition to timely comments on the Draft EIR, including comments submitted subsequent to the release of the Final EIR;

 

* The Final EIR, including comments received on the Draft EIR, responses to those comments, and appendices;

 

* Documents cited or referenced in the Draft EIR and Final EIR;

 

* All findings adopted by the Board in connection with the Ban Ordinance and all documents cited or referred to therein;

 

* All reports, studies, memoranda, maps, staff reports, or other planning documents relating to the ordinance prepared by the County, consultants to the County, or responsible or trustee agencies with respect to the County’s compliance with the requirements of CEQA and with respect to the County’s action on the ordinance;

 

* Matters of common knowledge to the County, including, but not limited to federal, state, and local laws and regulations;

 

* Any documents expressly cited in these findings, in addition to those cited above; and

 

* Any other materials required for the record of proceedings by Public Resources Code section 21167.6(e).

 

Pursuant to Guidelines section 15091(e), the documents constituting the record of proceedings are available for review during normal business hours at the Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. The custodian of these documents is Peter Maurer.

 

VIII.  FINDINGS FOR IMPACTS DETERMINED TO BE LESS THAN SIGNIFICANT OR NO IMPACT WITHOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF MITIGATION MEASURES

 

The Board has reviewed and considered the information in the Draft EIR and the Final EIR, addressing potential environmental effects, as well as the proposed mitigation measures, and alternatives.

 

As explained in the Draft EIR and Final EIR, the analysis of the Ban Ordinance assumes full compliance with the terms of the Ordinance. As explained in the Final EIR, it is generally appropriate under CEQA to presume that a project will be implemented as proposed, that applicable regulations will be followed, and that applicants will operate their project legally. During the public comment period, however, some commenters claimed that the EIR should have assumed instead that people would not comply with the ordinance and that the EIR should have analyzed and quantified the environmental impacts that could potentially occur as a result of non-compliant, illegal cannabis operations that might occur in spite of the ban. That type of speculation, however, is not required under CEQA, and in fact, would be impossible. As acknowledged in the EIR, illegal cannabis activities are already occurring under existing “baseline” conditions and even if such activities were to continue after the Ban Ordinance is implemented, those activities would not result in additional environmental impacts over baseline conditions. Moreover, the degree to which illegal activities might increase under the Ban Ordinance is entirely speculative since such activities would be expressly prohibited under the ordinance and any person who violates the ordinance is subject to penalties.

 

Nevertheless, the EIR’s discussion of the Ban Ordinance acknowledges that illegal activities may persist to some degree in spite of the ban and generally discusses potential impacts related to that type of activity. It would have been too speculative, however, to assign significance determinations for those types of impacts (e.g., impacts that may result from illegal activities and non-compliance with the Ban Ordinance). Accordingly, the Board finds that the analysis of the Ban Ordinance in the EIR is reasonable and includes sufficient information to allow the Board to make a fully informed decision. Further, the Board finds that there are no feasible mitigation measures available that would reduce the potential environmental impacts caused by illegal cannabis activities if such activities were to occur in spite of the ban.

 

The Board, relying on the facts and analysis in the Draft EIR and Final EIR, which were presented to the Board and reviewed and considered prior to any approvals, concurs with the conclusions of the Draft EIR and Final EIR regarding the potential environmental effects of the Ban Ordinance.

 

The Board concurs with the conclusions in the Final EIR that the Ban Ordinance has no potential for significant environmental effects on the following resource categories: Agriculture and Forestry Resources; Geology and Soils; Hazards and Hazardous Materials; Mineral Resources; Public Services; Recreation; and Utilities and Service Systems.

 

The Board also concurs with the conclusions in the Final EIR that all of the following impacts will be less than significant or no impact:

 

Aesthetics

 

Impact 3.1-1: Have a substantial adverse effect on a scenic vista or substantially damage scenic resources.

Impact 3.1-2: Substantially degrade the existing visual character or quality of the project area.

Impact 3.1-3: Create a new source of substantial light or glare that would adversely affect views.

Air Quality

 

Impact 3.2-1: Short-term construction-generated emissions of ROG, NOX, PM10, and PM2.5.

Impact 3.2-2: Long-term operational emissions of ROG, NOX, PM10, and PM2.5. Impact 3.2-3: Generation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Impact 3.2-4: Exposure of people to objectionable odors.

 

Biological Resources

 

Impact 3.3-1: Impacts to special-status species.

Impact 3.3-2: Modification and/or loss of streamside habitat and fill or other disturbance of waters of the United States and/or state.

Impact 3.3-3: Degradation or removal of sensitive natural communities. Impact 3.3-4: Conflicts with any local policies protecting biological resources. Impact 3.3-5: Disturbance or loss of wildlife migratory corridors.

 

Archaeological, Historical, and Tribal Cultural Resources

 

Impact 3.4-1: Change in the significance of an historical resource.

Impact 3.4-2: Disturb unique archaeological resources. Impact 3.4-3: Accidental discovery of human remains. Impact 3.4-4: Disturb a unique paleontological resource.

Impact 3.4-5: Change in the significance of a tribal cultural resource.

 

Hydrology and Water Quality

 

Impact 3.5-1: Construction water quality impacts. Impact 3.5-2: Operational water quality impacts. Impact 3.5-3: Groundwater supply impacts.

Impact 3.5-4: Surface drainage impacts on onsite and offsite flooding. Impact 3.5-5: Surface drainage impacts on riparian environments.

 

Land Use and Planning

 

Impact 3.6-1: Potential for physical division of an established community.

Impact 3.6-2: Conflict with relevant plans, policies, and zoning adopted for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating an environmental effect.

 

Noise

 

Impact 3.7-1: Short-term, construction-related noise.

Impact 3.7-2: Long-term non-transportation operational noise. Impact 3.7-3: Long-term traffic noise levels.

 

Population and Housing

 

Impact 3.8-1: Increased employment opportunities and housing demand from operation.

 

Transportation and Circulation

 

Impact 3.9-1: Construction-related increase in traffic. Impact 3.9-2: Long-term increase in traffic.

Impact 3.9-3: Potential for increased emergency response times or inadequate emergency access.

 

IX.  PROJECT ALTERNATIVES

 

CEQA Guidelines section 15126.6 states that an EIR “shall describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the project, or to the location of the project, which would feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the project but would avoid or substantially lessen any of the significant effects of the project, and evaluate the comparative merits of the alternatives. An EIR need not consider every conceivable alternative to a project.”

 

The Final EIR analyzed the originally-proposed regulatory ordinance plus four alternatives. In addition to the Ban Ordinance (which was identified as Alternative 2), the Final EIR analyzed the following three alternatives:

 

Alternative 1 - No Project, which assumes no change in the County Code and continuation of the existing zoning ordinance. This alternative also assumes that the urgency ordinance would not be extended into the future;

 

Alternative 3 – Reduced Zoning Designations Available for Commercial Cannabis Operations, which assumes a reduction in the zoning designations that would allow commercial cannabis operations. Under this alternative, Rural Residential (RR) would be removed from consideration as an acceptable zone within which commercial cannabis operations could occur.

 

Alternative 4 - Minimum Parcel Sizes and Further Reduced Zoning Designations Available for Commercial Cannabis Operations, which included a further restriction on the zoning designations available for commercial cannabis cultivation and related activities and would also establish minimum parcel sizes for many of the allowable zones.

 

The Board finds that the alternatives analyzed in the EIR represent a “reasonable range” of alternatives and that the EIR included sufficient analysis to allow for informed decision making. (See San Joaquin Raptor/Wildlife Rescue Center v. County of Stanislaus (1994) 27 Cal.App.4th 713, 735 [“discussion of alternatives must be ‘meaningful’ and must ‘contain analysis sufficient to allow informed decision making’”].) It bears mentioning, moreover, that the fact that the Ban Ordinance was analyzed as an alternative in the EIR rather than the “proposed project” is not an infirmity under CEQA. CEQA does not constrain agencies to only adopt a project as originally proposed in a Draft EIR, but instead provides agencies with flexibility to adopt any alternative, or even just a portion of an alternative, to satisfy their environmental concerns. (Sierra Club v. City of Orange (2008) 163 Cal.App.4th 523, 533; Dusek v. Redevelopment Agency (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 1029, 1041; CEQA Guidelines, §§ 15002, subd. (a), (h), 15021, subd. (a); see Sequoyah Hills Homeowners Assn. v. City of Oakland (1993) 23 Cal.App.4th 704, 713 [upholding agencies approval of an alternative rather than the proposed project].) In fact, CEQA specifically directs agencies to choose an alternative that lessens the significant environmental impacts of a project, whenever feasible. (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 21002, 21081; CEQA Guidelines, § 15002, subd. (h).)

 

Because the Board has determined that the potential impacts of the Ban Ordinance are less than significant, the Board is not required to consider the feasibility of any project alternatives. (Pub. Resources Code, § 21002; Laurel Hills Homeowners Association v. City Council (1978) 83 Cal.App.3d 515, 521 (Laurel Hills); see also Kings County Farm Bureau v. City of Hanford (1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 692, 730-731; and Laurel Heights Improvement Assn. v. Regents of the University of California (1988) 47 Cal.3d 376, 400-403.)

 

The Board notes, however, that the environmental superiority of the Ban Ordinance is alone a sufficient reason to adopt the Ban Ordinance rather than the other alternatives analyzed in the EIR. As explained previously, the purpose of an EIR is to identify ways to avoid or mitigate the significant environmental impacts of a proposed project. Here, the Final EIR analyzed the originally-proposed regulatory ordinance, the Ban Ordinance, as well as three other alternatives. The originally-proposed regulatory ordinance would result in numerous environmental impacts and, while most of those impacts could be reduced to a less-than-significant level with mitigation, the regulatory ordinance would result in traffic and odor impacts that would remain significant and unavoidable even with the mitigation measures identified in the EIR. While the other alternatives would reduce those impacts to some degree, the Ban Ordinance is the only alternative that would not result in any significant impacts and would not require mitigation.

 

Published: February 7, 2018   VSN

 


PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 LEAD AGENCY:   Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-191 APPEAL by Glen Malliet of Planning Director’s Rejection of the Renewal of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application 2016-191 Based on Untimely Filing. The site is located at 10175 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch, CA, APN 038-006-055.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 8, 2018, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Madeleine Flandreau is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  January 26, 2018   VSN

 

 

 

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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGENCY:   Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-602 APPEAL by Taualai O. Vaituulala on behalf of Can I Help You, Inc. of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at APN 050-007-009 approximately 1.3 miles north of where Walker Trail and Hogan Damn Rd. intersect.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on February 8, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 

Published:  January 26, 2018   VSNPLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-528 APPEAL by Son Hoai Tran on behalf of Odyssey Health Service, Inc. of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at 4761 Costa Rd., San Andreas CA, 95249.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  January 12, 2018    VSN

 
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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-732 APPEAL by Evan Sweeny Usher of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at 18702 West Rainbow Road, Mokelumne Hill.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 Published:  January 12, 2018   VSN


COUNTY OF CALAVERAS

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

 

STAGECOACH ROAD LOW WATER CROSSING REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SERVICES

 

Notice is hereby given that Calaveras County is releasing a Request for Proposals for professional construction engineering services for the Stagecoach Road Low Water Crossing Replacement Project, BRLO-5930(039); construction of the project will involve construction of a new bridge, approach roadway work, and scour countermeasures.

 

The Request for Proposals is available through www.publicpurchase.com within the section dedicated to this solicitation under the agency of the County of Calaveras.

 

Proposers shall possess professional experience with construction engineering and materials testing services on transportation structures projects.

 

Proposals shall be submitted no later than January 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Proposals received after the deadline above will not be considered and will be returned unopened.

 

See the Request for Proposals for complete proposal submittal instructions. 

 

The construction engineering contract provides the opportunity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) participation. DBEs are encouraged to submit proposals for this work. The goal for DBE participation on this contract is 8.67%.

 

Any questions regarding this solicitation must be submitted through the Public Purchase website using the “Questions” feature.

 Published: January 5, 12 & 19, 2018   VSN


NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

The County of Calaveras will receive sealed bids for Stagecoach Road Low Water Crossing Replacement Project, Federal-aid Project No. BRLO-5930(039).

 

The Request for Bids is available through www.publicpurchase.com within the section dedicated to this solicitation under the agency of the County of Calaveras.

 

This project, generally described, consists of bridge construction, approach roadway work, and scour prevention work along Stagecoach Road at Little Johns Creek near Copperopolis, CA.

 

Bids will be opened Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Bids submitted after this time will not be accepted.

 

The County will open and publicly read bids in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.

 

Bidders are advised that a mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for this project.  Bidders are required to be present at the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249 at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 19, 2018. Those bidders who are not present during the pre-bid meeting will not be considered as responsive bidders and their bids will be rejected.

 

The Contractor shall possess a Class A general engineering contractor license or any combination of Class C licenses which constitutes a majority of the work.

 

The DBE contract goal is 5 percent.

 

For the Federal training program, the number of trainees or apprentices is 5.

 

Complete the work within a total of 140 working days following the Notice to Proceed.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $2,150,000.

 

Bids must be accompanied by bidder’s security equal to at least 10 percent of the bid.

 

The successful bidder shall furnish a payment bond and a performance bond. The County will furnish the successful bidder with the contract bond forms.

 

Bidders shall present inquiries to the County through the Public Purchase website using the “Questions” feature. All responses, if any, from the County to bidder’s inquiries will be issued as answers within the “Questions” feature.

 

Questions based on alleged patent ambiguity of the plans, specifications, or estimate must be asked in writing before bid opening. After bid opening, the County does not consider these questions as bid protests.

 

The general prevailing wage rates in the county, or counties, in which the work is to be done have been determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations and are available from the California Department of Industrial Relations’ website at http://www.dir.ca.gov.

 

The Federal minimum wage rates for this project as predetermined by the United States Secretary of Labor are available directly from the Department of Labor Home Page under http://www.wdol.gov.  An addendum will be issued not more than 10 days before the opening of bids to set forth the Federal minimum wage rates for the work to be done on the project.

 

If there is a difference between the minimum wage rates predetermined by the Secretary of Labor and the general prevailing wage rates determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations for similar classifications of labor, the Contractor and subcontractors shall pay not less than the higher wage rate. The County will not accept lower State wage rates not specifically included in the Federal minimum wage determinations. This includes "helper" (or other classifications based on hours of experience) or any other classification not appearing in the Federal wage determinations. Where Federal wage determinations do not contain the State wage rate determination otherwise available for use by the Contractor and subcontractors, the Contractor and subcontractors shall pay not less than the Federal minimum wage rate, which most closely approximates the duties of the employees in question.

 

A contractor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a bid that is authorized by Section 7029.1 of the Business and Professions Code or by Section 10164 or 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded.  

 Published:  January 3, 10 & 17, 2018    VSN


NOTICE REGARDING SEIZURE OF PROPERTY AND INITIATION OF FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS, HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 11488.4

 

To: All persons claiming any right, title or legal interest in the following seized property: $5,804.00, Currency of the United States seized from Hwy 4 and Angel Oaks Road, Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California.

 

Notice is hereby given that the property described above was seized on September 29, 2017, from Hwy 4 and Angel Oaks Road, Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California, by Deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department for a violation of Health & Safety Code Sections 11378 and 11379.

 

On September 29, 2017, non-judicial forfeiture proceedings were commenced by the Calaveras County District Attorney in Action Number AF17-03.

 

You have until thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of this Notice to file a verified claim, unless you have received actual notice.  The claim must state the nature and extent of any interest you hold in this property, must be verified, and must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California 95249, or the property will be forfeited to the State.  An endorsed copy of the claim must be served on the District Attorney, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California 95249, within thirty (30) days of the filing of your claim.  Claim forms can be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court.

 

Dated: December 27, 2017

BARBARA M. YOOK,

District Attorney

by: Dana L. Pfeil

Assistant District Attorney

 Published: January 3, 10 & 17, 2018    VSN


LEGAL NOTICE

Dates for issuing petitions in lieu of filing fee and nominations for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election are as follows:

Petitions in lieu of filing fee - all candidates:

          Opens:  December 14, 2017

          Closes:  February 7, 2018

Nominations for all Candidates - filing fee must be paid at this time:

          Opens:  February 13, 2018

          Closes:  March 9, 2018

          Extension Period: March 14, 2018 - if incumbent does not file for re-election; the deadline is extended for all except incumbent

The following is a list of the County Offices that will be up for election, the required filing fee and/or petitions in lieu signatures:

Office                                         Signatures Needed In-Lieu of Filing Fee        Filing Fees

Supervisor, District 3                              427                                        $563.06

Supervisor, District 5                              393                                        $563.06

County Superintendent of Schools          2,035                                        $1,200.00

Assessor                                                              2,035                                $1,075.57

Auditor-Controller                                        2,035                                        $1,075.57

County Clerk-Recorder                              2,035                                        $1,075.57

District Attorney                                        2,035                                        $1,541.07

Sheriff                                                                    2,035                                $1,406.91

Treasurer-Tax Collector                              2,035                                        $1075.57

Coroner-Public Administrator                    1,800                                        $600.08

Petition forms may be circulated for securing signatures in lieu of paying for all, or part, of the filing fee.  Only registered voters that are qualified to vote for the candidate may sign the petition.  Petition in lieu of filing fee forms may be obtained from the Office of the County Clerk, Elections Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, phone: (209)754-6376.

Offices to be voted upon statewide are: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Board of Equalization 1st District, United States Senator, United States Representative 4th District, Member of State Senate 8th District, Member of State Assembly 5th District, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Information on procedures to become a candidate for state offices may be obtained by calling the Secretary of State's Office at (916)657-2166.

          Rebecca Turner

          Calaveras County Clerk-Recorder

Published:  December 27, 2017    VSN

 NOTICE OF VACANCIES FOR CITIZEN BOARDS/COMMITTEES/COMMISSIONS

(revised 12/13/17)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, due to unscheduled vacancies and expiration of terms, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors encourages interested and qualified persons to apply for membership to the following County committees or commissions:

County Service Area #2 – Bar XX

One vacancy for a term expiring 12/31/2018 – Member 1

To act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors with respect to improvement and maintenance of roads within CSA #2.

Meeting times and locations vary.  Contact the County Public Works Department for information.

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To obtain information regarding committees or commissions, please contact the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 209-754-6370.  Applications for membership must be obtained by calling 209/754-6370 or through the Calaveras County Clerk-Recorder’s, Board of Supervisors Division, 891 Mtn. Ranch Rd, San Andreas, CA 95249 or you may apply on the County’s website at http://calaverascountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board . Completed applications must be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at the above address by 4:00 PM, January 3, 2018.  If no applications are received by the advertised deadline or applications are withdrawn, do not meet requirements, are invalid, etc., the County will continue to accept applications beyond the deadline until the vacancy is filled.

/s/ Diane Severud

Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors,

County of Calaveras, State of CA

 Published:  December 20, 2017   VSN


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-462 APPEAL by Archer Norris Pro Law Group on behalf of John Mendoza and S.J.H.M. Association of Planning Commission Denial of Appeal 2016-462 for the denial of a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application. This site is located at 2539 Horseshoe Road, Copperopolis, APN: 054-004-061.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on December 19, 2017, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting. The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies.

Published:  December 8, 2017    VSN

 
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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2014-064 AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 17 REGULATING CANNABIS CULTIVATION AND COMMERCE:  The County proposes to amend Title 17 to replace Chapter 17.95, an urgency ordinance adopted on May 10, 2016 with a permanent ordinance either banning or regulating the cultivation of and commercial uses associated with cannabis, including testing, distribution, and manufacturing. An Environmental Impact Report, State Clearinghouse #2016042019 has been prepared for the subject ordinance.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on December 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Copies of the project file and staff report can also be purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  December 8, 2017   VSN


PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-368 APPEAL by Tameron Morris of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration on  APN 038-006-015 The site is located at 11991 Fricot City Rd. Mountian Ranch. In the SE ¼ of Section 23, T04N, R13E, MDB&M.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on December 14, 2017 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Miguel Contreras is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  December 1, 2017   VSN

 
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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

LEAD AGNECY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

 

2016-601 APPEAL by Taualai Vaituulala of the Planning Directors Denial of a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application. The site is located at 10777 Walker Trail Road, Copperopolis, approximately one mile northeast of where Walker Trail and Hogan Dam Road intersect. The parcel is located in portions of Sections 22 and 27 of T3N, R11E, APN 050-008-053 and APN 050-021-018.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on December 14, 2017 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

 

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Paul Groh is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  December 1, 2017   VSN

       
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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-603 APPEAL by Taualai Vaituulala of the Planning Directors Denial of a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application. The site is located at 10779 Walker Trail Road, Copperopolis, approximately one mile northeast of where Walker Trail and Hogan Dam Road intersect. The parcel is located in portions of Sections 22 and 23 of T3N, R11E, APN 050-007-010 and APN 050-007-011.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on December 14, 2017 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Paul Groh is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  December 1, 2017   VSN

 
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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2016-729 APPEAL by Carlos De La Ossa III of Denial of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Registration Application The site is located at 2517 Golden Gate Dr., San Andreas.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on December 14, 2017 at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Ben Diamond is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  December 1, 2017   VSN

 
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PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2017-141 APPEAL of Ineligibility for Employment by a Medical Cannabis Dispensary Matthew Cowen is appealing the determination of ineligibility for employment by Green Gold Cultivators medical cannabis dispensary. The subject property is located at 568 Angels Rd. San Andreas. APN: 042-033-002 is located in Section 20, T04N, R12E, MDM.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on December 14, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Scott Speer is the project planner and can be reached at (209) 754-6394.  Planning Commission staff reports are made available for public viewing online at http://www.co.calaveras.ca.us/cc/Departments/PlanningDepartment/PlanningCommission.aspx on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies.


Published:  December 1, 2017    VSN

PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:   Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2014-064 AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 17 REGULATING CANNABIS CULTIVATION AND COMMERCE:  The County proposes to amend Title 17 to replace Chapter 17.95, an urgency ordinance adopted on May 10, 2016 with a permanent ordinance regulating the cultivation of and commercial uses associated with cannabis, including testing, distribution, and manufacturing. An Environmental Impact Report, State Clearinghouse #2016042019 has been prepared for the subject ordinance.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on November 29, 2017 at 8:30 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced project.  The public hearing will be held at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Commission, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays.  Peter Maurer, Planning Director, is the responsible planner and can be contacted with questions at (209)754-6394. Planning Commission staff reports are available online at http://planningcommission.calaverasgov.us/ the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting.  Copies of the project file and staff report can be purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 Published:  November 17, 2017   VSN


BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Lead Agency:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

FINDINGS TO APPROVE LLA 17-08, DISESTABLISHMENT OF EXISTING AG PRESERVE CONTRACTS #48 & #119 AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW AG PRESERVE CONTRACTS #359, #360 & #361 Pursuant to Government Code Section 51257, to facilitate a lot line adjustment, the parties may mutually agree to rescind the contract or contracts and simultaneously enter into a new contract or contracts pursuant to this chapter, provided that the board or council makes seven mandatory findings.  Taking action to approve the LLA will require the Board to take action to disestablish two (2) existing Ag Preserves Contract #48 for Shanna Gregory and Contract #119 for Marjorie Webster Williams and to establish three (3) new Ag Preserves Contract #359 for Shanna Gregory, Contract #360 for Sammy & Heather Cox and contract #361 for the Marjorie Lillian Hazard GST Trust.  The subject parcels, APN: 050-018-004, 050-018-006 & 050-017-021, are all located on the West end of the County, south of Jenny Lind between Gregory and Shelton Roads. 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on December 5, 2017, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.    The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

Published:  November 24, 2017   VSN

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

LEAD AGENCY:  Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

2017-075 ZA FOR MARK BOLGER: This application proposes to re-zone 118.1 acres of land in Calaveras County from U (Unclassified) to A1 (General Agriculture).  The two contiguous parcels are located at 4629 & 4872 Banner Road, approximately ½ mile east of the intersection of South Rail Road Flat Road and Banner Road between the communities of Mountain Ranch and Rail Road Flat.  APN: 020-031-002 & 020-031-003 are a portion of Section 18, T05N, R14E, MDM.  The Planning Commission will consider adopting a negative declaration and the zoning amendment.  

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on December 5, 2017, at 9:00 a. m. or soon thereafter to consider the above referenced appeal.  The public hearing will be held in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, California.

Pursuant to Government Code 65009, if anyone challenges the above listed issues in a court of law, the challenge may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raise at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board, at or prior to, the public hearing. You are welcome to review the application at the Calaveras County Planning Department during normal working hours, 8:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m., Monday through Friday except county holidays. Board of Supervisors agenda is available online http://bos.calaverasgov.us at noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.    The project file and staff report can be viewed or purchased at the Planning Department for the cost of making the copies. 

 Published:  November 24, 2017 



PUBLIC NOTICE

ROAD NAME CHANGE

Board of Supervisors has received a request from the County Department of Public Works and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to change the name of two County Maintained roads:

* Road No. – CURRENT NAME – PROPOSED NAME – PARCLES AFFECTED

* 404 – Dam Rd./Old Powerhouse Rd. – Dam Road – 6 of 10 parcels are addressed to Old Powerhouse Rd.

* 812 – Portion of Manuel Rd. South of  State Route 4 – Old Firehouse Rd. – 1 parcel addressed to Manuel Rd.

Pursuant to Section 970.5 of the Streets and Highways Code of the State of California, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Calaveras will, at their regular meeting in the Courts and Legal Building of the Government Center, San Andreas, California, at the hour of 9:00 a.m., (or shortly thereafter) on the 5th of December, 2017, conduct a Public Hearing at which time evidence will be heard regarding the proposed name changes.

 Published: November 22 & 24, 2017   VSN


PUBLIC NOTICE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES FOR CALAVERAS TRANSIT

The Calaveras County Public Works Department is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors to operate the County’s transit system and perform maintenance services for the county’s transit bus fleet.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) describing the project, the services sought, the requirements of the Proposal, and an outline of the criteria and process that will be used to evaluate the Proposals and select a vendor for the work, can be downloaded from the Public Purchase web site at: https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/calaverasco.ca/buyer/public/home.

Please deliver the required number of copies of your Proposal(s) to the County offices no later than 3:30 pm, December 15, 2017.  The address to be used for the submittal of Proposals is: Calaveras County Administrator’s Office, Attn: Purchasing Agent, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Note that this submittal deadline is final, and that any late Proposal submittals will not be accepted.

County of Calaveras Public Works (209) 754-6401

 Published: November 22, 24 & 29, 2017 and December 1, 2017   VSN


PUBLIC NOTICE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

This Request for Proposals (#17-1200-03-925) is being issued by the County of Calaveras Public Works Department  for Professional Services for the Final Design, Right of Way Engineering, Right of Way Acquisitions, and Construction Support.   To review the Request for Proposal in its entirety please use the following link:

https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/calaverasco.ca/buyer/public/home

County of Calaveras Public Works   (209) 754-6402

Published:  November 10 & 15, 2017   VS


PUBLIC NOTICE

REQUEST FOR BIDS

This Request for Bids (#17-1170-01-962) is being issued by the County of Calaveras Administration Office  for hauling services for the Integrated Waste Management Dept.  To review the Request for Bid in its entirety please use the following link:

https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/calaverasco.ca/buyer/public/home

County of Calaveras Public Works   (209) 754-6025

 Published:  November 10 & 15, 2017   VSN