In a moment that Chairman Terry Withrow described as “democracy at its best,” the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday shot down a proposal for a commercial cannabis grow in Mountain View after residents of the small community showed up in droves to protest.
Central Valley Growers, LLC, had applied to build a nearly 30,000 square-foot greenhouse building that would eventually house 22,000 square feet of mixed-light cannabis cultivation at 1301 W. Fulkerth Road, between Crows Landing and Carpenter Roads, in Mountain View. The unincorporated community sits just west of Turlock on Stanislaus County land, for which the Board in 2017 approved a Conservative Allowance Strategy for cannabis and is home to Chatom Union School District.
Nearly 40 Mountain View community members were present for Tuesday’s Board meeting, participating in a public hearing that lasted over two hours and saw parents, farmers and even school principals take to the podium in opposition of the grow operation. Those who couldn’t make it signed an online petition to the site, which amassed over 200 signatures. A majority of speakers on Tuesday had one question for the Board: Would you want this next to your home?
Although the County Planning Commission approved the proposed cannabis cultivation in March, concerns about the grow operation’s proximity to nearby homes, potential odors from the plant and the safety impacts on both neighbors and nearby schools were vocalized by the community. In a letter to the Planning Commission, CUSD indicated safety concerns with the site, seeing as the proposed location is close to a bus stop and could potentially be the target of armed robbery.
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