San Jose: Public Review Draft IS/ND: Cannabis Business Ordinance Update
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Project Name: Cannabis Business Ordinance Update Project

Description: Several amendments are proposed to Title 6 and Title 20 of the San José Municipal Code (the Business Licenses and Regulations Code and Zoning Code) and to the City Manager Regulations for Medical and Non-Medical Cannabis. Amendments to City Manager Regulations include, but are not limited to: increasing the number of cannabis retail businesses from 16 to 50, five of which are reserved for equity applicants, prohibiting further cultivation site regulation, removing the prohibition on delivery only businesses. Amendments to Title 6 of the San José Municipal Code include, but are not limited to: definitions for "cannabis storefront" and "cannabis delivery only business." Amendments to Title 20 of the San José Municipal Code include, but are not limited to: add distance requirements from Cannabis Businesses to sensitive uses of 600 feet from a school, daycare, or youth center; allow cannabis retail storefront and non-storefront businesses in Combined Industrial and Commercial, Commercial Pedestrian, Commercial Neighborhood, and Commercial General Zoning Districts, and change distance requirements to sensitive uses. The proposed amendments do not involve ground disturbance.

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Location: Citywide

Assessor's Parcel No.: Several

Council District: All

Applicant Contact Information: Martina Davis, Supervision Planner, Planning Ordinance and Policy Team, City of San José Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement, 200 East Santa Clara Street, Room 300, San José, CA 95113;

The City has performed an environmental review of the project. The environmental review examines the nature and extent of any adverse effects on the environment that could occur if the project is approved and implemented. Based on the review, the City has prepared a Draft Negative Declaration (ND) for this project. An ND is a statement by the City that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment because the project impacts are less than significant. The project site is not present on any list pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code.

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The public is welcome to review and comment on the Draft ND. The public comment period for this Draft ND begins on September 22, 2021 and ends on October 12, 2021.

The Draft Initial Study, ND, and reference documents are available online at:

A hard copy of the of IS/ND is available for viewing at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library located at 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112 or by appointment at the San José City Hall Permit Center located at 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113.

Environmental Project Manager: Adam Petersen

Filed Under: Government, City

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