MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday lifted its moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation and created an ordinance that establishes a allowing course of and cultivation requirements.
The brand new ordinance says permits might solely be issued for cultivation in an agricultural zoning district situated inside the boundaries of the East Contra Costa Irrigation District, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, or the East Contra Costa Groundwater Subbasin, the place water ranges are steady.
The ordinance may even set up varied necessities and requirements for indoor and outside cultivation. Land use permits can be good for 5 years and will be renewed if the allow holder complies with laws and applies whereas the allow remains to be in impact. The renewed allow would final till it is revoked.
Supervisors rejected arguments from East County residents that hemp cultivation takes extra water than different crops on the identical land and leads to extra crime. With the moratorium set to run out on September 30, supervisors acknowledged the necessity for county regulation.
The ordinance will not enable cultivation inside, or inside one mile, of county city restrict traces. The minimal lot measurement for outside cultivation could be 5 acres. Indoor amenities should adjust to guidelines relating to different buildings. Different situations of approval will embody safety plans, shielded lighting, and odor management.
The moratorium was established in November 2020 after folks residing close to a handful of East Contra Costa industrial develop websites complained about odor, lights, and different components. Supervisors prolonged the ban twice.
Rising hemp commercially has been authorized in Contra Costa County since 2018, when the primary 5 growers have been permitted. Hemp has many industrial makes use of, together with meals, clothes, drugs, and constructing supplies. Neighbors have mentioned they weren’t warned hemp growers have been coming to the world and that growers have been violating allowing situations.