June will be a busy month for all parties wishing to weigh in on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Trinity County’s cannabis program issued May 29 for a 45-day public review and comment period. A series of public meetings is also scheduled for next week in each of the county’s five supervisorial districts, with meeting times still to be determined.

Written comments on the Draft EIR are due no later than July 12 in order to be addressed in the final EIR. The cannabis program consists of readopting the county ordinances regulating commercial cannabis activities including cultivation, testing, nurseries, distribution, non-storefront retail, microbusiness and manufacturing.

The DEIR evaluates whether the project would result in significant environmental impacts. It describes how many of the impacts may be mitigated, but also those that cannot be mitigated and would remain “significant and unavoidable” including construction effects on air quality; operational air quality impacts; exposure to odors; highway traffic operational impacts; public water system impacts; and cumulative impacts to air quality, odors, traffic noise, highway traffic operations and public water supplies.

The document details four alternatives for consideration, and eliminates any potential ban of all cannabis activities as being unrealistic.

The DEIR and cannabis program are available for public review and download on the Trinity County website at www.trinitycounty.org/Commercial-Cannabis and www.trinitycounty.org/Transportation. Printed copies of the document are available for public review during normal business hours at the county libraries in Hayfork, Trinity Center and Weaverville, the Willow Creek library, Trinity County Department of Transportation and the Planning Department. Copies may also be purchased.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. July 12 to be considered. They may be mailed or emailed to: Trinity County Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 2490, 31301 State Highway 3, Weaverville, CA 96093, Attn: David Colbeck, Environmental Compliance Specialist, email: dcolbeck@trinitycounty.org.

Once the public comment period has passed, a final document will be prepared that includes responses to each comment. The Trinity County Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing on it and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors which could also make changes. The Board of Supervisors has the final authority on whether to accept and certify the document under the California Environmental Quality Act.

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