Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation; File No. UPC18-0029


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation; File No. UPC18-0029
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project is a five-year Use Permit for outdoor cannabis cultivation, totaling approximately 16,480 square-feet on a 41.06-acre parcel zoned RRD (Resources and Rural Development). The parcel is located approximately 0.5 miles southeast of the intersection of Fort Ross Road and Hazels Road at 1100 Hazel’s Road in unincorporated Cazadero. The site is approximately 1.5 miles west of Cazadero in an area that consists of large, mostly undeveloped wooded parcels. Currently, the parcel contains an access road, an existing well, four above-ground water storage tanks, and two tool sheds that are less than 100 square feet. Cultivation is to occur within a 33,000-square foot fenced area in the southeast area of the property. The project will utilize approximately 2% of the 41.06-acre parcel. The project will not include any buildings or structures associated with the operation, nor will drying, trimming, or other processing activities take place on-site. The applicant proposes to produce raw cannabis on-site for purchase and transport by wholesale manufacturing companies. Cultivation operations are permitted seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day with delivery and shipping activities limited to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The use shall be operated in accordance with the proposal statement and operational plan located in File # UPC18-0029, as modified by conditions. The project site would be closed to the public.

Contact Information

Shawna Brekke-Read
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Hazel's Road and Fort Ross Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
Other Information
Schools: Montgomery Elementary School

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 15304, (Minor Alterations to Land) in that it involves a minor private alteration in the condition of land and vegetation which will not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. The project will involve the cultivation of 16,480 square feet of land for commercial cannabis (approximately 2% of the 41.06-acre subject property). The project involves only minor alterations to land with a slope of less than 10%. The proposed outdoor cultivation project is a seasonal and temporary use of land having negligible or no permanent effects on the environment. The applicant has submitted professionally conducted technical reports on biology and hydrogeology that found no cumulative impacts to biotic or groundwater resources. The project does not propose any ground disturbing activities because the cultivation will take place above ground in pots. The project will not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. There would be no processing or manufacturing on-site. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. There is no reasonable possibility that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.
County Clerk


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