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Humboldt County Planning Commission
Jan. 19, 2023, 6 p.m.
A. CALL TO ORDER / SALUTE TO FLAG
B. COMMISSIONERS PRESENT
C. AGENDA MODIFICATIONS
D. PUBLIC COMMENTS
E. CONSENT CALENDAR
1. Review and approval of January 5, 2022, Action Summary;
2. Bridgeville Organic Pharms, LLC; Conditional Use and Special Permit Record Number
3. Willow Creek Ventures, LLC Assessor Parcel Numbers (APN) 524-114-007 Record No.
A company is requesting a permit from the County of Humboldt to cultivate cannabis for commercial use. The project includes 20,000 sq. ft. of existing outdoor cannabis cultivation, 1,902 sq. ft. of ancillary propagation, and a Special Permit to approve cultivation within 600 feet of Public Lands. It is estimated that the project will use 337,364 gallons of water from a permitted well and will source power from a 2,500-Watt solar array with one emergency backup generator. Up to four workers will be on-site during peak season for planting and harvesting. The permit also requires the applicant to obtain building permits for all existing and proposed structures related to cannabis, adhere to International Dark Sky Standards, follow Inadvertent Discovery Protocols, and not transport cannabis products across National Forest lands.
… or, as a high-energy radio advertisement!
Are you ready for a revolution in Humboldt County? Willow Creek Ventures, LLC is seeking a Conditional Use Permit for 20,000 sq. ft. of existing outdoor cannabis cultivation and 1,902 sq. ft. of ancillary propagation. Water will be sourced from a permitted well and power will be sourced by a 2,500-Watt solar array, with one emergency backup generator. Processing will occur off-site at a licensed processing facility. This revolutionary project is proposing a Special Permit to approve cultivation within 600 feet of Public Lands, the Six Rivers National Forest. Come to the County of Humboldt and join the revolution on 1/19/2023 and make your voice heard!
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 1A - Conditions of Approval • Attachment 1B - Cultivation & Operations Plan • Attachment 1C - Site Plan • Attachment 2 - Location Maps • Attachment 3 - CEQA Addendum • Attachment 4 - Applicant's Evidence in Support of Required Findings • Attachment 4A - Notice of Applicablity • Attachment 4B - Well Assessment Report • Attachment 4C - Timberland Conversion Evaluation Report • Attachment 4D - Northern Spotted Owl Scoping Report • Attachment 4E - Property Survey Photos & Measurements • Attachment 5 - Referral Agency Comments and Recommendations
4. Friedley Minor Subdivision and Coastal Development Permit Record Number
The County of Humboldt is considering an application to split a 12,600 square foot parcel into two parcels of 7,346 and 5,266 square feet. The existing parcel is developed with a single-family residence and garage which will remain on the first parcel. The project requires a Coastal Development Permit and is exempt from further environmental review. The Planning Commission will decide whether to approve the Minor Subdivision and Coastal Development Permit and make the required findings.
Oh, the County of Humboldt is what we'll explore,
For a Minor Subdivision and Coastal Development more.
We'll assess the parcel, twixt Quaker and 18th Streets,
For a single family home and a garage that it meets.
We've got community water and sewer for sure,
And the local coastal plan is what we must secure.
We'll retrofit the driveways to urban standards, too,
And no environmental impact is what we'll pursue.
We'll check the tribes, the archaeological too,
To make sure all's in order for all me and you.
We'll make all the findings and pass the resolution,
For a Minor Subdivision and Coastal Development.
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 1A - Conditions of Approval • Attachment 1B - Public Works Land Use memo • Attachment 1C - Site Plan (TM) • Attachment 2 - Location Map • Attachment 3 - Applicant's Evidence in Support of Required Findings • Attachment 4 - Referral Agency Comments & Recommendations
5. Punta Canna, LLC, Conditional Use Permit and Special Permit Assessor’s Parcel Numbers: 216-317-006 and 216-317-004 Record Number
A company is seeking approval from the County of Humboldt for a Conditional Use Permit and Special Permit to allow the continued cultivation of 19,500 square feet of outdoor cultivation using light deprivation techniques, with 2,000 square feet of ancillary propagation. The permit will cover 21 greenhouses, a 2,160-square-foot drying building, and a 1,140-square-foot processing structure. The permit is subject to conditions such as the relocation of fences and gates, and the transition to use of 80% renewable energy sources by the end of 2026.
It was a cold, winter morning in the County of Humboldt as the Planning Commission convened for the meeting. On the agenda was the proposal for Punta Canna, LLC to receive a Conditional Use Permit and Special Permit for 19,500 square feet of existing outdoor cultivation utilizing light deprivation techniques and 2,000 square feet of ancillary propagation.
The proposal had been thoroughly reviewed by the Planning and Building Department, and the staff was in support of the permit being granted. After much discussion and debate, the Planning Commission ultimately voted in favor of the proposal.
This decision would have a profound impact on the Alderpoint area, as it would bring much needed economic stimulus to the community. The cultivation and processing facility would generate jobs, and the business would also help to strengthen the local economy.
The Conditional Use Permit and Special Permit were granted with several conditions to ensure that the project was conducted in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. The applicant was required to adhere to a number of requirements such as maintaining a secure facility, adhering to the California Building Code for all structures, and consulting with the local tribes.
Now that the permits had been granted, Punta Canna, LLC could begin to move forward with their project. They were eager to get started, and the entire community was looking forward to seeing the positive effects that this project would bring.
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 1A - Conditions of Approval • Attachment 1B - Cultivation and Operations Plan • Attachment 1C - Site Plan • Attachment 1D - Cultivation Area Verification • Attachment 2 - Location Maps • Attachment 3 - CEQA Addendum • Attachment 4 - Applicant's Evidence • Attachment 4A - Final Streambed Alteration Agreement • Attachment 4B - CDFW Notice of Violation • Attachment 4C - CDFW Remediation Plan • Attachment 4D - Notice of Intent • Attachment 4E - Site Management Plan • Attachment 4F - Right To Divert and Use Water • Attachment 4G - Road Evaluation • Attachment 5 - Referral Agency Comments
6. Georgi Aleksandrov Conditional Use Permit and Special Permit Assessor’s Parcel Number: 220-071-008 Record Number.
This is a proposal to allow 22,000 square feet of existing mixed light cannabis cultivation and 2,800 square feet of ancillary propagation on property located in Whitethorn, California. The property owner also wants to develop in the Streamside Management Area, which requires a Special Permit. The Planning Commission will consider the proposal on 1/19/2023 and must decide if the project meets Humboldt County Code and if it is environmentally sound. The Commission can approve the permit with conditions, or deny it.
… or, as an Elizabethan sonnet!
In Humboldt's county, greenery and meads,
A farmer sees his chance to fulfill his dreams.
A plan is made, with hopes it will succeed,
A CUP and Special Permit, both are the themes.
For timberland production and a spring diversion,
A water storage of sixty-two thousand gallons,
A dry barn and a generator, this new conversion,
Will bring a bright and prosperous new morning.
With tribal consultation and no major concerns,
No coastal commission appeals will be heard.
For safety and security, gates will be locked,
With four people onsite during peak production.
For the Board of Supervisors resolution eighteen-forty-three,
This project will fit in perfectly.
228 permits, and 79.82 acres of cultivation,
Will help the county's economy and population.
This plan will bring much joy and success,
A dream of growth and happiness.
If all goes as planned, this project will bless,
The County of Humboldt and its citizens.
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 1A - Conditions of Approval • Attachment 1B - Cultivation and Operations Plan • Attachment 1C - Additional Project Information • Attachment 1D - Site Plan • Attachment 2 - Location Maps • Attachment 3 - CEQA Addendum • Attachment 4 - Applicant's Evidence in Support of Required Findings • Attachment 4A - Right to Divert and Use Water Certificate • Attachment 4B - Water Resource Protection Plan • Attachment 4D - Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement • Attachment 4E - Timber Conversion Evaluation Report • Attachment 4F - Public Works Road Evaluation Report Form (signed) • Attachment 5 - Referral Agency Comments and Recommendations
F. OLD BUSINESS
H. NEW BUSINESS
1. Elevated Farms, LLC Special Permit Assessor Parcel Number 220-011-018 and 220-011-002 Record No.
The County of Humboldt is considering the denial of a Special Permit for 15,374 square feet of existing outdoor cultivation and a 625 square feet ancillary nursery. The water source is a well supplemented by rainwater catchment and the total water usage is unknown. Onsite processing is proposed in a 1500 square foot building and power is provided by a generator. The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence for the permit to be approved, so the Planning Commission is considering denying the permit.
From the remote forests of Northern California, comes a story of a family's fight for their right to cultivate.
Elevated Farms LLC is a small family owned business in Humboldt County. But when the Planning Commission denies their special permit for 15,374 square feet of existing outdoor cultivation and a 625 square foot ancillary nursery, the family must take a stand.
With the help of their friends and the community, the family embarks on a journey to prove that their farm is more than just a business - it's a way of life.
Follow the Dubiel family in their mission to show that Elevated Farms is an environmentally responsible business and an important part of the community.
Can they convince the Planning Commission to grant them the special permit? Will they be able to protect their way of life?
Find out in COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT, coming soon.
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 2 - Map Set • Attachment 3 - Correspondence Chronology
2. Renewable America, LLC Conditional Use Permit Assessor Parcel Number: 505-151-012, 506-231-019 and 506-231-022 (one separate legal parcel) Record Number
A company, Renewable America LLC, is proposing to build a two-phased solar and energy storage project in the Arcata area of Humboldt County. The project would involve the construction of a 3-megawatt alternating current photovoltaic solar energy facility with an associated 1.25-megawatt battery energy storage system, and an additional 4-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy facility with a 3.75-megawatt battery energy storage system. The Planning Commission will consider the proposal at a public hearing and will decide whether or not to approve the project.
The sun shone brightly over the town of Arcata, California, as Detective John Foster drove down Foster Avenue towards the 2500-2600 block. As he drove, he was unaware of the strange events soon to unfold.
He had been called to investigate a possible crime in connection with a proposed construction and operation project by Renewable America, LLC. The project, referred to as Foster Clean Power A (Phase 1) & Foster Clean Power B (Phase 2), would involve the construction of a 3-megawatt alternating current (MWac), photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facility with associated inverters, fencing, and access road.
As he arrived at the project site, he noticed that the area was strangely quiet. He parked his car and stepped out, his senses on high alert. He noticed a faint smell of something burning, as if something had recently been set on fire. He also noticed a strange humming sound coming from the nearby river.
He cautiously approached the construction site, expecting to find something unusual. As he got closer, he saw that the solar panel arrays had been damaged and that the access road had been blocked off with a large metal gate. He also noticed that the equipment pad had been tampered with and that the perimeter fence had been cut open.
Foster quickly realized that this was no ordinary crime scene. He began to investigate, gathering evidence and questioning anyone who might have seen or heard something suspicious. He soon discovered that the damage to the solar panel arrays had been caused by a group of local eco-terrorists who were opposed to the project.
Foster's investigation led him to a local anti-technology group, who had been involved in the attack. He learned that the group had been hired by a mysterious figure known only as "The Benefactor". It soon became clear that the Benefactor was behind the attack, and was determined to stop the construction of the solar energy facility.
With the help of his team, Foster was able to track down the Benefactor. It turned out that the Benefactor was a wealthy businessman with a hidden agenda. He wanted to stop the construction of the solar energy facility because he feared it would threaten his own business interests.
The Benefactor was arrested and charged with numerous counts of vandalism and eco-terrorism. Foster was commended for his work, and his reputation as a first-rate detective was secured.
The citizens of Arcata were relieved to
Staff Report • Attachment 1 - Draft Resolution • Attachment 1A - Conditions of Approval • Attachment 1B - Mitigation and Monitoring Report • Attachment 1C - Project Description and Operations and Maintenance Plan • Attachment 1D - Site and Utility Plan • Attachment 2 - Location Map Set • Attachment 3 - Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration • Attachment 3A - Appendix A - Figures • Attachment 3B - Appendix B - Biological Resources Assessment • Attachment 3C - Appendix C - Jurisdictional Wetland Delineation Report • Attachment 3D - Appendix D - FEMA Letter of Map Amendment • Attachment 3E - Appendix E - Phase I ESA • Attachment 4 - Referral Agency Comments and Recommendations • Attachment 5 - Public Comment
G. ITEMS PULLED FROM CONSENT
J. REPORT FROM PLANNER
K. PLANNING COMMISSION DISCUSSION ITEMS