cannabis cultivation project near Lompoc easily wins OK | Government and politics
A 4.17-acre cannabis grow operation along Highway 246 just east of Lompoc made its way through the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearing on Wednesday, with no public commenting on it. ‘is pronounced against.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to grant a conditional use permit to Fullerton 92nd G25 LLC for the grow project on a 10-acre site at 851 Highway 246, where the company plans to grow cannabis under structures in hoops with four harvests per year.
Each harvest and replant is expected to last 28 days, with cannabis to be frozen or transported offsite within four hours of harvest and odors controlled using a vapor phase system combined with landscaping using fragrant plants, said Troy White, 92nd G25 agent.
The company, a subsidiary of large California cannabis firm Shryne Group, met with neighbors and addressed their odor issues before submitting the project application, White said.
As a result, the plan provides for a 25 foot buffer of trees and scent plants on the north side plus the vapor phase odor control line within this buffer zone and a 100 foot buffer of scent plants. and a vapor phase line between the grandir and route 246.
“The fact that no one is against it says a lot…” said 2nd District Commissioner Laura Bridley of the project and its adaptive odor control plan.
First District Commissioner Michael Cooney said the plan was in line with what the commission wants to see in open cannabis cultivation operations.
“I am ready to pass this project on and get this applicant to achieve their goal of trying to eliminate all nuisances, including odors – and they seem to have the means and provisions in their application to do so – and I see no reason not to support the project, ”Cooney said.
Christie Alarcon, director of the Lompoc community development department, said she was monitoring the hearing over concerns about the potential for odor complaints at the nearby River Park campground in town.
But she said the company appears to have a proper odor control plan.
Commission President Larry Ferini, whose 4th arrondissement includes the project site, said after seeing changes in the use of the property over the years, he was concerned about the potential for creating traffic jams at the entrance to route 246.
But he said the company’s transportation plan that encourages carpooling and alternative transportation for its five regular employees and makes it mandatory for all 50 temporary employees during harvest allayed his fears.
“I just wish we had more projects like this,” Ferini said. “Sounds logical to me.”
Third District Commissioner John Parke noted that most outdoor cultivation operations foresee one to two harvests per year, with a potential of three, of shorter duration and asked how the company could increase this to four apparently intense annual harvests.
Cooney also wanted to know if the hoops would be left in place year round or removed at certain times of the year.
White explained that the company will not start with small nursery plants grown in the ground because the site was previously used to grow flowers and the soil is likely contaminated with pesticides that would make the cannabis unsaleable.
Instead, the operation will lay weed mats and start each growth with more mature plants grown in pots or raised beds, he said.
The plan is to keep the hoops in place year round, although the plastic can be removed in the summer to potentially increase the THC content, and the growers will “play with it.” [plant’s] light cycles ”to increase production to four harvests per year.