US (CA): McKinleyville biz park considered for cannabis cultivation and housing

Humboldt County will consider a zoning change to allow indoor cannabis cultivation in business park areas and perhaps other uses like housing.

At its April 18 meeting, the Board of Supervisors green-lighted an application process for the change, which would affect two areas in the county with business park zoning. About 60 percent of the 55 acres affected is in the Airport Business Park adjacent to the California Redwood.

Coast Humboldt County Airport in McKinleyville. The county’s other business park area is the Evergreen Business Park in Redway, where Evergreen Exotics LLC seeks to cultivate 5,000 square feet of indoor cannabis and is advancing the zoning change request.

Supervisor Michelle Bushnell’s district includes Redway, and she said she supports the expansion of use, saying, “I frankly would welcome any kind of growth down there.”Following up on the idea of allowing more flexibility in business park areas, Supervisor Mike Wilson recommended including a mixed-use approach for the zoning change.

Mixed-use areas have varied commercial and residential elements, which Wilson described as a land use trend. Planning Director John Ford said there are now “very few uses” at the Airport Business Park, and a mixed-use scenario would “create the opportunity” for adding more.

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