What: Santa Cruz Planning Commission.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday.
Where: Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center St.
At issue: KindPeoples permit expansion to include on-site marijuana cultivation; new cell phone towers; demolition of 20-room Lanai Lodge in exchange for 60-room hotel at Second Street site.
SANTA CRUZ >> The Santa Cruz Planning Commission will consider granting the city’s first medical marijuana cultivation permit at a hearing on Thursday night.
KindPeoples is seeking the approval to expand its Harvey West Park operation by 3,500 square feet for its own indoor grow, but its Dubois Street property owner must apply for the permit modifications, per city law.
Asked to discuss the upcoming hearing, KindPeoples’ management responded on Friday with a prepared statement.
“As a local company and community member, KindPeoples Collective is excited to safely and responsibly conduct business in our new city location (140 Dubois St.) with full compliance with city law,” the emailed statement read.
KindPeoples, which has marijuana dispensaries both in Live Oak and Santa Cruz, has resided at the site since spring 2016. Before that, Greenway Compassionate Relief Inc. operated at the same location from 2005 to November 2015, when it shuttered due to a lease disagreement with the landlord.
Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School is within about 240 feet of KindPeoples’ dispensary, an exception from the city’s typically required 600-foot buffer, because Kirby moved to its industrial-zoned Encinal Street home after Greenway began operating.
Keeping all parts of a medical marijuana dispensary facility contained at one site creates better control and greater security for employees and customers, city Senior Planner Mike Ferry wrote in a report to the Planning Commission.
In November, voters approved an update to the city’s local medical marijuana business tax. Generally, the update allows the city to