UPC19-0001, Cannabis Dispensary In The Tree Apothecary


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
UPC19-0001, Cannabis Dispensary In The Tree Apothecary
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Request for a 5-year use permit for a cannabis dispensary with 523 square feet of retail floor area and delivery service in an existing commercial building. Storefront dispensary services will be available by appointment only, limited to four appointments per hour up to a maximum of 48 per day, excluding deliveries. Delivery service trips will occur twice each day during operating hours. Hours of operation will be 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. The operation will have a maximum of 3 full time employees. Parking for the operation will be provided onsite and in a shared parking lot with the adjacent community market property through a reciprocal parking agreement.

Contact Information
Crystal Acker
Sonoma County
Lead/Public Agency
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone : (707) 565-8357

Brian Ohm
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
10665 River Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is categorically exempt from the provisions of the CEQA Guidelines pursuant to the Provisions of Title 14 of the California Administrative Code, Section 15301 (Existing Facilities), which provides for operation, permitting, and minor alteration of existing facilities involving only tenant improvements and negligible or no expansion of use over former retail operations in the same structure. In The Tree Apothecary has been operating in the space selling herbal remedies (non-cannabis) since 2017 (temporarily closed for 2019 flood damage and COVID- 19). Former uses of the space have included: general store (2014-2016); lighting shop (2013-2014), Full Throttle Coffee (2008-2012), convenience store (2005), hair salon (2000's), video rental shop (1990s), and Forest Hills Real Estate (1980s)- all retail operations of similar or greater intensity than the limited appointment dispensary. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. There is no reasonable possibility that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.


Notice of Exemption
2020090251_UPC19-0001 NOE   PDF 155 K

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