Cannabis dispensary, cultivation projects in front of advisory board
A proposed cannabis dispensary in Kenwood, and three related cannabis cultivation requests in Glen Ellen are on the Jan. 22 agenda for the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC).
If approved by the county, the dispensary would be located in the Kenwood shopping center in empty space that last housed a tasting room.
As now allowed under state law, cannabis dispensaries can serve both medical and recreational customers, and, under county rules, must have a use permit to operate. A maximum of nine dispensaries are allowed in unincorporated Sonoma County.
The company that would run the Kenwood dispensary, Sonoma’s Finest 2.0, first applied for a permit in May of 2019. In August, the owners held an open house for local residents at the proposed space.
In general, concerns that have been expressed are about traffic congestion, security, and compatibility with the character of small-town Kenwood.
At the same time, a number of residents and businesses have no problem with the concept of having a dispensary in Kenwood.
The dispensary would operate Monday-Saturday within the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Concern about shopping center parking and Sonoma Highway traffic appear to be the most pressing issues.
The Kenwood shopping center is home to eight other businesses – four tasting rooms, a restaurant, market, branch of the U.S. Post Office, and the Kenwood Press.
As a way to potentially alleviate congestion, Sonoma’s Finest has amended its use permit application to include a delivery component, which the owners say will help with everyday traffic.
Sonoma’s Finest 2.0 is also asking for a waiver of setback rules for dispensaries. County regulations say a dispensary can’t be located within 1,000 feet of a public park (measured in a straight line), or 100 feet of a residentially zoned district. The dispensary falls within both of these