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CORRECTION from August 9, 2018, Q&A

At the Q&A meeting held on August 9, 2018, staff stated the 300-foot buffer around storefront retail cannabis businesses did not apply to the three, existing, medical cannabis businesses located at: 164 Aero Camino; 5814 Gaviota and 5902 Daley Street.  This statement was incorrect.  Existing medical cannabis retailers count as “cannabis retailers” under the City’s cannabis ordinance to which a 300-foot buffer applies.  New storefront retail cannabis businesses cannot be located within 300 feet of these three, existing, medical cannabis businesses. 

August 17, 2018 - First Day to Apply for a Cannabis Planning Permit 

The City will be accepting cannabis planning applications from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 17, 2018.  No overnight camping will be permitted.  Two lines (one for Conditional Use Permits and one for Land Use Permits) will be set up in front of the Planning and Building office located at 130 Cremona Street, Suite B. 

For a business license application and instructions, go to www.cityofgoleta.org/city-hall/finance/business-license-program/cannabis-business-license.  You must schedule an appointment with the finance department to submit your business license application and fee, as outlined on our Cannabis Business License page in the link above.


Cannabis Application Materials

Cannabis Application Fees

  • Land Use Permit (LUP): $1,000 deposit
  • Conditional Use Permit (CUP - Minor or Major): $3,433 deposit 

Ordinances and Resolutions

Previous Meetings and Workshops 

On August 9, 2018, the City hosted a Cannabis Application Question and Answer event at City Hall. City Staff presented the process and procedures for obtaining Cannabis Planning Land Use and Conditional Use Permits and Business Licenses. Various departments were on hand to answer questions regarding Cannabis applications.

On July 17, 2018, City Council considered four cannabis related items on. City Council conducted second readings of the Cannabis Land Use and Business License Ordinances, considered the argument for Measure Z2018 - Cannabis Business Tax, and conducted a public hearing regarding the Cannabis Business License Program and Fees. The City Council agenda and staff reports for these four items are now available here

On July 10, 2018, the City Council Finance and Audit Standing Committee discussed Cannabis User Fees and Charges. 

On June 19, 2018, City Council approved a CEQA Addendum for the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and conducted a first-reading of the Ordinance. Information for this item is provided below:  

On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended to City Council adoption of a Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and approval of a CEQA Addendum. The Planning Commission recommended revisions to the Ordinance. The three revisions include: requiring notice to residents and tenants in addition to property owners; limiting indoor cultivation to one use of up to 5,000 square feet of canopy per building; and including a limit of fifteen storefront retailers allowed within the City.

Relevant materials from the hearing are posted below:

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the City held a roundtable stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the Draft Cannabis Business License Ordinance.  SCI Consulting facilitated the discussion and overview of the draft provisions.

Discussion points included:

  • Concerns regarding Operations/Activities
  • Application Process
  • Enforcement
  • Regulations

For questions or comments regarding the City’s cannabis taxation or business license regulations, please contact Carmen Nichols, Deputy City Manager  at cnichols@cityofgoleta.org; 805.961.7522

On May 15, 2018, City Council considered a Cannabis Business Tax Methodology and Draft Ordinance for the Purpose of Enacting a Cannabis Business Tax.

On April 26, 2018, City Council and the Planning Commission are held a Joint City Council and Planning Commission workshop for the public to review and provide staff feedback on the standards provided in the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance. Staff also received direction on the development of a business license ordinance for cannabis businesses and for the development of a cannabis tax ballot measure.

On April 23, 2018, the City Council Ordinance Review Standing Committee provided staff feedback on the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance. Below are documents from that meeting.

At the October 30, 2017, meeting, the Planning Commission voted to recommend Council approve a ban on all commercial marijuana activity in the city while an ordinance creating rules for various cannabis uses is developed.  The Planning Commission recommended that the ban include a sunset provision for some specific date in the future and also that it exempt the two existing, grandfathered medical marijuana businesses in the City and allow them to sell recreational cannabis in addition to medical marijuana. On November 7, 2017, City Council adopted the ban ordinance (Ord. No. 17-03).  As noted in the staff reports for this item, an ordinance banning commercial cannabis uses does not prevent the City from allowing these uses in the future when the City concludes the drafting of comprehensive cannabis regulations.Documents and video related to the ban ordinance can be found below:

On October 23 and 30, 2017, the City's Planning Commission held public workshops to discuss cannabis land use regulations within the City. The purpose of the workshops with the Planning Commission were to provide the Planning Commission and the public information on the range of cannabis uses that are eligible for state licensing and to seek feedback from the Planning Commission and the public on the potential land use regulation of these cannabis uses. The discussions focused broadly on what cannabis uses the City should allow, where the City should allow those uses, and how the City should process applications for those uses. Please see below for the workshop staff report, presentations, videos of the workshops, and a feedback form the public can supply to the City regarding the issues discussed:

On September 7, 2017, City Council instructed staff to develop a cannabis ordinance that allows and regulates recreational (adult-use) cannabis. City Council did express concerns specifically about commercial cultivation however. City Council also expressed a desire to have an ordinance enacted by January 1, 2018. If that is not possible based the constrained timeline for ordinance development and environmental review, City Council supported an ordinance temporarily banning cannabis uses until the comprehensive ordinance is finalized. Finally, City Council supported revisiting existing City cannabis-related ordinances as part of a new cannabis ordinance that considers both medicinal and adult-use cannabis.The agenda and staff report can be found here. 

The City held a community workshop on August 21, 2017, seeking input on how the City should regulate cannabis sales, manufacturing and distribution within City limits. Click here to watch a video of the workshop.

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Public Comment

Public comment on the matter should be emailed to Andy Newkirk (anewkirk@cityofgoleta.org). Please note: All comments submitted will be posted on this page.