Cannabis Dispensary To Appear Before Planning Commission – Pasadena Now


Varda Inc. will go before the Planning Commission on Wednesday for a public hearing on a Conditional Use Permit.

Local resident Tony Fong is hoping his cannabis dispensary becomes the third one to receive a Conditional Use Permit in the city’s process.

“I look forward to it,” Fong said. “I think it will be a fair process. The city has been very helpful.”

If Varda Inc.’s conditional use permit is approved, it would hold the only commercial cannabis retailer permit in Council District 4, the Planning Department said.

The company has filed to operate retail sales at a vacant commercial building located at the north side of Colorado Boulevard, between North Kinneloa Avenue and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, near a lumber yard.

The single-story, single tenant building was constructed in 1959 and has been occupied by various businesses, including a furniture store, golf supply store and a paint store.

It has remained vacant in recent years, although some improvements and site upgrades, including accessibility upgrades, were completed in 2019, according to a report by the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Varda’s application is for a 5,680 square-foot retail cannabis dispensary within the building, proposing some interior improvements and minor exterior alterations. The floor plan identifies a dedicated sales floor area and point-of-sales that will encompass 2,624 square feet in addition to a 467-square-foot lobby or waiting foyer, a 113-square-foot consultation area and 198 square feet with kiosks for digital sales.

The remaining square footage, about 2,322 square feet, will be used as storage space and employee-only access areas. Varda Inc. proposes operating hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Varda Inc. could be the last dispensary to receive a Conditional Use Permit in the city’s process.

In June 2019, the Atrium Group, Harvest of Pasadena,

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