US (CA): City of Goleta appeals cannabis cultivation project approved in Santa Barbara County

The City of Goleta appealed to a Santa Barbara County-approved cannabis cultivation site, delaying the forward motion of the project.

Santa Barbara County approved the 17-acre White Light Cannabis Cultivation Project September 16. The site is located just outside of the Goleta city limits near the Winchester Canyon Road neighborhood.

The City of Goleta appealed the project after it was approved, citing concerns related to potential well water hazards, odor and environmental impact. In a statement, Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said: ‘a cannabis cultivation project has no place near a residential neighborhood without adequate safeguards and environmental review.’

Chris Schmuckal is the main planner for the project. He said the project began the approval process after it was proposed in 2019. “Cannabis has its own specific requirements in our ordinance so we went through our Land Use and Development Code to make sure that the project met all of those requirements,” Schmuckal said.


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