Brown Valley Farms, LLC – Small Mixed Light Tier 1 License


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
Document Title
Brown Valley Farms, LLC – Small Mixed Light Tier 1 License
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Project Description: The Department of Food and Agriculture, pursuant to authority granted under Business and Procession Code Division 10, Chapter 2, Section 26012, is seeking to approve a Cannabis Cultivation License submitted on October 22, 2019, by Kevin Vu. Project Activities: The Project will consist of a total of 114,938 square foot of cultivation on parcel numbers 107-181-09 and 107-181-26. Application LCA19-0005127 consists of 9,996 square foot of mixed light canopy, the cultivation of immature plants, processing, and packaging will be located offsite. The project site will add a 160 square foot cargo container, six-foot fencing, and multiple rows of apricot trees. The project site is on an existing organic farming operation within a commercial agriculture zoned area. The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA Class 1.

Contact Information

Mathew Gamble
Agency Name
Department of Food and Agriculture
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Parcel #
107-181-26 and 107-181-09

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 Existing Facilities Categorical Exemption Cal. Code Regs,. Title 14, §15331
Reasons for Exemption
Reasons Why Project is Exempt: The Department of Food and Agriculture has determined that the project is a Class 1 Categorical Exemption project. Class 1 Categorical Exemptions consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alterations to existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination.


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