DRC2019-00058 Cortez Conditional Use Permit ( ED19-239 )


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
DRC2019-00058 Cortez Conditional Use Permit ( ED19-239 )
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
A request by Emilio Cortez for a Conditional Use Permit (DRC2019-00058) to establish 27,216 square feet (sf) of indoor cannabis cultivation area (20,412 sf canopy); 6,552 sf of ancillary indoor nursery (5,103 sf canopy); 2,612 sf of indoor cannabis manufacturing and ancillary processing; ancillary transport; and other related site improvements (e.g., composting area, trash / recycling area, water tanks, parking, portable restrooms, storage shed, indoor office / restroom building; etc.). A parking modification is requested to allow 13 parking spaces versus 71. A modification of the fencing standards is requested to allow security fencing within the side yard setback and no security fencing around the cannabis manufacturing / ancillary processing building. The project will result in approximately 1,288 cubic yards (cy) of cut and 956 cy of fill and total site disturbance of approximately 2.04 acres on a 22.32 acre parcel located at 375 Mehlschau Road, about 1 mile northeast of the community of Nipomo. The project is within the Agriculture land use category and within the South County Inland Sub-area of the South County Planning Area.

Contact Information

Eric Hughes
Agency Name
County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Emilio Cortez
Contact Types
Project Applicant


San Luis Obispo
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
North Dana Foothill Rd & North Thompson Ro
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 101
Nipomo High School (~1,800 ft)
Deleissigues Creek (adjacent parcel); ephemeral drainage onsite; Mehlschau Creek (~0.9 miles)

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water
Development Types
Agriculture (Cannabis - cultivation, ancillary nursery, and manufacturing), Other (Cannabis - cultivation, ancillary nursery, and manufacturing)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Septic System, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Other


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]

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