Two major projects the Trinity County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider at its meeting this Thursday night, July 9, in Weaverville may be continued to future meetings instead at the request of Planning Department staff.

The first is to consider a recommendation to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors on a draft retail cannabis storefront ordinance in the following commercial zoning districts: Retail Commercial (C-1), General Commercial (C-2), Highway Commercial (HC), and Heavy Commercial (C-3). The agenda item was continued to the July 9 meeting from the commission’s June 11 meeting for revisions.

Planning staff is asking for the item to be continued to the commission’s July 23 meeting to provide adequate time to make the recommended revisions, further review state law and compile relevant data regarding cannabis retail storefront uses. Retail cannabis stores are not currently permitted in Trinity County.

The second item is a request for a conditional use permit to operate a commercial cannabis business on a 53.9-acre parcel of land located at 690 Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. The project area of approximately 84,000 square feet is proposed to be used for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, nursery, processing gardens, soil staging areas, post-harvest activity, material storage areas, ancillary buildings including an on-site caretaker’s residence, irrigation system, employee areas and access roads. The applicants are Doug and Tom Evans.

Staff has requested to continue the item to the Aug. 13 Planning Commission meeting to allow adequate time to complete the agency referral process and compile the project’s conditions of approval.

Other items scheduled for the July 9 meeting involve three applications for annual initial variances from the required 350-foot cannabis cultivation setback from a neighboring residential dwelling including one in Douglas City and two in Hayfork.

Due to ongoing social distancing requirements to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, Planning Commission meetings may be attended remotely by Zoom or watched via a live feed. Limited public access is also available for specific agenda items so that applicants and their agents may attend in person.

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