Emerald Family, LLC is applying for a CUP and Special Permit for cannabis cultivation, processing, nursery, and manufacturing facilities in accordance with Humboldt County Code Section 314-55.4 CH. 4 of Division I of Title III, Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (CMMLUO). The business is proposed to operate on an approx. 17-acre portion of a 41 acre parcel which was used in the past for agriculture, lumber milling, residential, and as a machinist and welding shop. The project proposes to develop the site for cannabis uses in the following three phases:
Phase 1 is the land use permit approval currently being requested. It is proposed to construct or modify the following improvements for Phase 1 of the project:
Existing Building A: The existing 23,000 sq. ft. commercial metal building will be rehabilitated and used for processing activities by the applicant;
Proposed Cultivation Area: a 3-Acre portion of the site is proposed to be used for greenhouse cultivation by the applicant. Approx. 10 metal hoop greenhouse structures (3,000 sf each) will be placed in the 3-acre cultivation area. During Phase 1 of the project, the area proposed for development of Greenhouse Building "C" in Phase 2 of the project (~4 acres), will also be used by the applicant for outdoor and greenhouse cultivation. Approx. 2 metal hoop greenhouse structures (3,000 SF each) will be placed on the western edge of the ~4-acre area and the remainder of the area will be used for "full sun" outdoor cultivation. The total area of greenhouse and outdoor cultivation during Phase 1 of the project will be approx. 7 acres.
Phase 2 of the project will require separate land use permit approval prior to initiation. It is proposed to construct or modify the following improvements for Phase 2 of the project:
Existing Building B: The existing 950 SF office building will be rehabilitated and leased for distribution and transportation activities;
Proposed Greenhouse Building C: A 160,000 SF greenhouse with eight 20,000 SF rooms is proposed to be constructed and used for mixed light cultivation by the applicant. Development of this structure will reduce the greenhouse and outdoor cultivation area used in Phase 1 of the project from ~7-acres to 3-acres;
Proposed Building D: a 17,500 SF metal building is proposed to be constructed and used for manufacturing activities by the applicant;
Rainwater Catchment Pond: An approx. 3 million gallon rain water catchment pond is proposed to be constructed on the western edge of the site that will be used as the main water supply for the cannabis facility. The rainwater catchment system will also include tanks, piping, pumps, and filters to capture, transport, and filter the rainwater. This pond will be designed to overflow into the existing vegetated basin at the site (i.e. remnants of the former log pond) (see Stormwater Management and Water Sources discussion below); and
Pretreatment Pond: An approx. 1 million gallon pre-treatment pond is proposed to be constructed and used as part of the stormwater system (see Proposed Site Plan). Roof runoff from most of the existing and proposed structures at the site (except Existing Building B and the equipment storage building) will ultimately be pumped tot eh pre-treatment pond. This pond will be designed to overflow into the rainwater catchment pond (see stormwater management discussion below).
Phase 3 of the project will require separate land use permit approval prior to initiation. it is proposed to construct or modify the following improvements for Phase 3 of the project:
Proposed Building E: A 4-story building that will contain a 10,000 SF nursery area and 10,000 SF breeding area on the 1st floor and 25,000 SF of indoor cultivation on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors (total = 95,000). The nursery and breeding areas are proposed to be used by the applicant and the 2nd - 4th floors will be leased.