Cannabis company underway at Colusa Industrial Properties

The Colusa City Council last week unanimously approved the special use and regulatory permits for CompassLeaf LLC to develop and open a cannabis manufacturing facility on 8.6 acres at Colusa Industrial Properties, where the company will cultivate, manufacture, process and distribute marijuana.

The city previously approved the developer agreement that could likely generate between $600,000 and $800,000 in revenue for city coffers, officials said.

Community Development Manager Bryan Stice said the company plans to build a 154,000 square-foot greenhouse complex for growing, a 12,000 square-foot processing building for harvest handling, drying, and trimming, and an 18,000 square-foot building to house administration, inventory, and for the manufacturing of cannabis products.

“Site and facility designs are preliminary,” Stice noted. “As such, all proposed buildings are single story, up to 25 feet high.”

Stice said city staff, not the council, would receive and approve the incidental details, such as security fences, fire access, and parking.

No one from the public commented on the project at the Oct. 16 public hearing, and city officials said they had not received any letters in opposition to the project.

CompassLeaf’s cannabis activities will be done indoors, Stice said, and the project complies with the city’s General Plan.

City officials said the Davison Court project is suitable and less impactful as other potential projects that would be allowed at Colusa Industrial Properties, and that the project would not be to the detriment to health, safety, peace, morals, comfort and general welfare of anyone residing or working in the neighborhood.

The cannabis company’s use permits requires CompassLeaf to comply with a security and safety plan, as well as an odor control plan with an odor absorbing ventilation and exhaust system so that the smell of marijuana is not detected outside the premises, or anywhere on adjacent property or public rights-of-way.