A cannabis cultivation operation on Santa Rosa Road near Buellton received a conditional use permit and development plan Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission after the company twice revised its odor control plan to address public and commission concerns.
Central Coast Agriculture has been operating the cultivation operation since before Jan. 19, 2016, and applied for the CUP and development plan to make the operation on the 68.19-acre parcel at 8701 Santa Rosa Road compliant with county ordinances.
The approval came after three hearings on the project and multiple revisions to the odor abatement plan, but some members of the public still objected to the odor plan and asked for more changes.
John De Friel, chief executive officer of Central Coast Agriculture, said cannabis has been cultivated on the site for more than five years, but only one unverified odor complaint had been filed three days before the first hearing on the project.
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