Lake County Planning Commission approves new cannabis dispensary project in Lucerne – Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Thursday, the Lake County Planning Commission, meeting for the first time since an urgency ordinance instituted new rules for water reporting on projects, put off considering a cannabis project due to the new requirements but gave the go-ahead for the first Northshore dispensary to be approved under the county’s 2019 cannabis zoning rules.

The Thursday meeting was the first time the commission has met since the Board of Supervisors approved a 45-day urgency ordinance at its July 27 meeting to require hydrology reports for all projects.

That action had been, in part, spurred by repeated requests from the planning commission for guidance on projects, particularly as the drought has worsened.

Due to the additional reporting requirements, Planner Victor Fernandez asked for — and received — commission approval to continue a hearing for a major use permit for RMI Venture/Jerusalem Grade Farms, located at 22644 Jerusalem Grade Road in Middletown.

The meeting also was the first for new commissioner, Maile Field. Field’s appointment by District 5 Supervisor Jessica Pyska was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 3. Field succeeds Lance Williams, who Pyska had appointed in January.

In her first vote as a commissioner, Field was the

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