The Rancho Bernardo Planning Board will vote on whether it should send a letter to the city’s Planning Commission stating community objection to a proposed marijuana dispensary.
The board will meet at 7 tonight (Thursday) in the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive in RB.
According to the posted agenda, while recent news coverage has emphasized the 1,000-foot rule between a marijuana dispensary and “sensitive uses” (such as a church, school or minor-oriented business), that is not the only issue to be considered. “Of equal importance to residents of Rancho Bernardo, as expressed in meetings of the Planning Board, is the community’s objection to the location as proposed,” it was written on the agenda.
Urbn Leaf has applied to open a dispensary for medical and recreational marijuana at 16375 Bernardo Center Drive, a vacant building that was an El Torito restaurant. It is at the south end of a shopping center.
Preliminary city staff reviews dating back to March 2019 said the location is not permissible per municipal code provisions. Mentioned was proximity to minor-oriented businesses (the Kumon Math and Reading Center and the Little Artists studio) plus Hope United Methodist Church and its preschool, all within 1,000 feet of the proposed location.
Recently, a fence was erected on the property, putting the church and preschool just beyond the 1,000 feet rule if measured by distance of travel.
When dispensary representatives made a presentation at the board’s April 2019 meeting, many of the 30 audience members objected for various reasons. The board tabled making a recommendation in part because Urbn Leaf representatives said they planned to amend the application. They said they planned to downsize the facility from 11,903 square feet (the entire stand-alone building) to 6,647 square feet. This would leave the remainder