County seeks community input on commercial cannabis 

Months ago, the Board of Supervisors promised to take a slow and measured approach to potentially modifying the County’s ordinance relating to commercial cannabis activities in the county. The process has officially gotten underway this week, and will continue over the next month.

In order to get a better grasp on their constituents’ feelings about commercial cannabis, the Colusa County Board of Supervisors is conducting a series of community meetings and asking residents complete a short online survey. According to the county, the information gathered in this process will help shape the Board’s regulatory decision-making process regarding commercial cannabis operations, identify residents’ concerns regarding the industry, and allow the board to consider potential commercial cannabis operations within the county.

Know and Go

Grimes – March 7 – Grimes Scout Cabin (140 4th St.)

Princeton – March 8 – Princeton Jr./Sr. High School (473 State St.)

Arbuckle – March 13 – Arbuckle-College City Fire Hall (506 Lucas St.)

Maxwell – March 14 – Maxwell American Legion Hall (250 Oak St.)

Colusa – March 21 – Colusa VFW Hall (108 E. Main St.)

Stonyford – March 22 – Stonyford Community Hall (229 Market St.)

 

“The community workshop meetings will be conducted by Denovo Planning Group, who is the same company that conducted the county’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance (meetings),” said Colusa County CAO Wendy Tyler. “There will be a total of seven – one in each sort of major community in the county.”

The first of the meetings was held last night in Williams. Meetings are scheduled for March 7 in Grimes, March 8 in Princeton, March 13 in Arbuckle, March 14 in Maxwell, March 21 in Colusa, and March 22 in Stonyford.

“It’s very important to get the community involved,” Supervisor John Loudon, who is a member of the county’s Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee, said. “Our decisions are going to be based on some of those findings. It’s really important that the community shows up at some of these things. (The Board of Supervisors) all have our own little biases, but what we have to do is get the community and our constituents to tell us how they’re feeling about it.”

Loudon said that while there would be at least one Supervisor at most of the community outreach meetings, they would be taking a passive role there and allowing the consultant they hired to do their job.

“We’ll be there as an attendee only – a fly on the wall,” Loudon said.

The online survey, which is available on the landing page of Colusa County’s official website (www.countyofcolusa.org), will also be factored into the Board’s decision on whether to allow commercial cannabis in unincorporated Colusa County. According to Tyler, it’s short, simple, and geared toward finding which commercial cannabis uses, if any,  residents would be comfortable seeing in Colusa County.

“There is also an online survey that folks can take,” Tyler said. “It’s just seven questions, just getting  some very basic input about how the community might feel about different aspects of commercial cannabis operations within the county.”

For additional information, residents can contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (530) 458-0508, or at boardclerk@countyofcolusa.org.■

 

(All workshops begin at 6 PM)

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net