The next articles have been printed from Santa Maria Solar [santamariasun.com] – Quantity 22, Problem 21
Guadalupe works to determine business hashish allow utility standards
By Kasey Bubnash
Guadalupe is working to flesh out the finer particulars of its lately handed hashish ordinance, and though that course of would possibly take barely longer than initially anticipated, potential enterprise house owners may have the ability to apply for hashish enterprise permits earlier than the summer season’s finish.
On Might 25, Guadalupe Metropolis Council adopted an ordinance permitting business hashish companies. Not like different metropolis hashish ordinances on the Central Coast that element the variety of hashish retail permits allowed and standards for allow approval, Guadalupe’s naked bones ordinance was pushed shortly via the approval course of to avoid what city staff said would have been a costly and unnecessary California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review process.
Now Guadalupe goes again into the ordinance to determine varied utility procedures, together with the standards that shall be used to vet candidates and grant business hashish enterprise permits, charges that shall be charged to course of functions, and the quantity and sorts of hashish companies that shall be allowed to function within the metropolis.
Though metropolis employees had anticipated bringing resolutions figuring out such tips to Metropolis Council at its July 27 assembly, Metropolis Administrator Todd Bodem mentioned it can doubtless take a little bit extra time to get full approval.
“The group is admittedly tight right here, and Metropolis Council, all of them dwell right here, they usually need to ensure that they’re working with ironclad, actually stable companies,” Bodem mentioned.
At a gathering on July 13, Guadalupe Metropolis Council mentioned a proposed process that might create a three-phased hashish enterprise allow utility course of. In section 1, in line with a city staff report, the town would determine whether or not a possible applicant is even eligible to use. In section 2, candidates can be ranked primarily based on standards like proposed location, marketing strategy, issues of fairness and variety, security and safety, the applicant’s compatibility with neighbors, and potential group investments proposed by the applicant. Part 3 would come with a presentation and interview with Metropolis Council.
Metropolis Council additionally must determine how a lot it can cost companies to course of hashish enterprise allow functions, though metropolis employees estimate that such utility charges will vary from $8,500 to $10,000, in line with the town employees report.
Bodem mentioned Metropolis Council prompt some minor modifications to the scoring standards on the July 13 assembly, however council members have been usually in favor of the proposed three-phase strategy.
As soon as the applying course of is established, Bodem mentioned the town will begin accepting and contemplating functions for hashish enterprise permits, a course of that he hopes will start someday across the finish of August.
Metropolis employees estimate that business hashish may generate between $150,000 and $250,000 in tax income for Guadalupe annually, which Bodem mentioned might be an enormous assist to a metropolis that has lengthy struggled financially.