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US (CA): Bottom's cannabis cultivation project sees pivotal changes overnight

Between Thursday and Friday, the Arcata Land Company's (ALC) proposed Arcata Bottom cannabis grow saw major changes – in its composition, its scale and the nature of its opposition in the community.

A new project overview in a Notice of Public Hearing for the special April 22 Planning Commission meeting on the ALC proposal describes an 8-acre project, far reduced from the original 22.9 acre plan. The newly reformulated project consists of 2.3 acres of outdoor light deprivation cultivation and 5.7 acres in new greenhouses.

It also includes "ancillary support features" including 30,000 square feet of existing propagation hoop houses, an administrative building, office building, utility building, a new wastewater treatment system, stormwater detention basins, plus unpaved parking and fencing.

Unmentioned in the cursory description is any revision in the number of workers the grow would employ. It was cited as 116 in the original proposal. That detail and others may be clarified in the full staff report, which is expected to be posted online Friday, April 16, or the following Monday.


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