Luminescent Commercial Cannabis Permit


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Nevada County
Document Title
Luminescent Commercial Cannabis Permit
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Luminescent Farms, LLC

Document Description
An Administrative Development Permit for a commercial cannabis operation for medical cannabis located at 19077 Sanctuary Road in Penn Valley. The project is located on a rural, 21.19--acre parcel in an Agricultural zoning district. This approval is for 9,800 square feet of canopy for outdoor cultivation in above ground beds, and no support area. All product will be brought off site for processing. The site is accessed by an existing small access road off the primary right of way for the parcel. The site is served by an existing well for water and an existing septic system for sewage disposal. Full-time tasks on site will be performed by the residents of the parcel, there are no employees included in this operation. No cannabis support structures will be utilized in this operation. The cultivation site will be placed in already level areas that were previously used for cultivation along the access road. The site will have no lighting or noise producing equipment. The project site is an existing cultivation site with no suitable habitat for special-status species and no expected impact to the perennial stream on the property. The project site is located in an area that is already disturbed and proposes minimal areas of disturbance and minimal vegetation removal. Due to the occupants of the residence being the sole operators, no excess vehicle trips are expected. A Notice of Applicability, and the Monitoring and Reporting Program were obtained by the applicant from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. An annual cultivation license from the California Department of Food and Agriculture shall be obtained prior to the County Annual Cannabis Permit being issued.

Contact Information
Lucas Kannall
Nevada County Planning Department
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959-8617

Phone : (530) 470-2488


Cross Streets
19077 Sanctuary Road, Penn Valley, CA
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304, Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/ or...
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves the use of developed site for commercial cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes and minor grading on gentle slopes. The project is allowed by the zoning code and does not conflict with Land Use Policies. The Project does not create any significant impacts to biological resources including sensitive habitats or any species of concern. The project area is outside of any identified and protected resources and the required setbacks. Prime Farmlands and/or Farmlands of Statewide Importance have been avoided. Dust control measures are included in the project description/site plans and air quality standards will not be impacted. Lighting will not be used in this operation, ensuring lighting will not impact neighboring properties. The commercial cannabis areas are appropriately screened from public views. The project does not create impacts to roadways or require significant roadway improvements. The project has an approved water, wastewater disposal and permanent electrical source and uses associated with the project will have a less than significant increase above allowable existing uses for the site. The project will not create a significant demand on these service systems. A hazardous materials business plan has been completed and meets Fire Department and Environmental Health requirements for storage and use. Cultural and Tribal resources will be avoided as evidenced by a cultural report and/or NCIC sensitivity letter. The project will not impact watercourses or wetlands by meeting setbacks from watercourses and/or including site specific controls to ensure watercourses are protected. Odor from the project has been mitigated due to indoor cultivation with odor control and meeting setbacks required by the ordinance for outdoor cultivation.


Notice of Exemption
2020040020_ADP19-0039 Recorded NOE   PDF 1067 K

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