CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake Planning Commission will meet this week to hold a public hearing on a variance request and to discuss a proposed ordinance regarding the regulation of medical marijuana cultivation in the city limits.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive.
Gurdarshan Singh has requested the variance and notice of exemption for the Shell gas station at 14091 Lakeshore Drive.
Singh is asking for a maximum building area of 3,000 square feet to be increased to allow for an accessory dwelling unit.
The parcel currently has a 2,538 square foot convenience store and a 1,074 square foot gas station canopy. City staff is recommending approval.
The commission on Tuesday also will hold an initial discussion regarding a proposed ordinance that would prohibit or limit commercial medical marijuana cultivation in the city.
The draft ordinance, a copy of which can be seen below, proposes cultivation bans on vacant parcels and within 600 feet of public or private schools, and requires that grows be screened with plants not to exceed 6 feet in height.
The ordinance would require collectives and cooperatives to maintain evidence at grow sites that they are organized according to the California Attorney General’s guidelines.
In addition, it would limit parcels of one acre or less to a total of six plants, with 12 plants allowed on larger parcels. No cultivation would be allowed within mobile home parks unless management has designated a specific garden area. Cultivation would be banned on apartment complex properties.
The amount of marijuana that could be processed on a parcel would be limited to the amount of marijuana that the ordinance allows to be grown there, according to the draft document.
Marijuana grows that violate the rules set out in the draft ordinance would be declared public nuisances. Violations would be punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of no more than $100 on the first offense, $300 on the second, and $500 or up to six months in county jail – or both – for the third offense, the draft document states.
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