Application No. 21-01, Left Mendota II Commercial Cannabis Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Mendota
Document Title
Application No. 21-01, Left Mendota II Commercial Cannabis Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
Application No. 21-01 proposes to expand the existing commercial cannabis use at 1269 Marie Street via the entitlement of approximately 15 acres (1111 Marie Street; APN 013-280-29) to allow outdoor cannabis cultivation. Cannabis plants would be planted above ground in five- to seven-gallon plastic pots oriented in rows spaced at five-foot intervals. Drip irrigation lines would also be above ground. The Project site is located immediately to the northwest of the existing operation; harvested product from the Project would be processed at the existing indoor facility next door. The Project would connect to the City’s municipal water system and is expected to use approximately 9 million gallons or 27 acre-feet of water per year. The site will be graded such that all irrigation water will remain onsite and irrigation timing and duration will be closely monitored to prevent ponding or wastage. Since the irrigation season is opposite of the region’s precipitation season and there will not be any impervious surface, there is not anticipated to be any runoff into the City’s storm drainage system. The Project does not propose any onsite buildings, including restrooms, so it is not anticipated that any wastewater will be generated and, accordingly, there would be no connection to the City’s wastewater system. Access to the site would be via existing circulation areas on APN 013-280-15; i.e., the Project site would not have direct access to Marie Street. Onsite circulation would consist of a 20-foot-wide, all-weather surface at the site perimeter. The Project site would be enclosed by a six- to eight-foot-high chain link fence with privacy slats or similar obscuring material(s). The fence would be topped with three-strand barbed wire and/or razor wire. As a secondary barrier, electrified fencing with remote monitoring may be installed. Security lighting hooded and oriented toward the center of the property, along with video equipment monitored offsite, would be installed on the top of the fencing. As currently proposed, an approximately 2.20-acre area at the southeastern corner of the Project site would remain vacant. That area lies within the Runway Protection Zone of the William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport as identified in the 2018 Fresno County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. See Section 3.10, Hazards and Hazardous Materials for further discussion. This document accounts for the possibility of future use of the 2.20-acre area should regulations change or the land otherwise be permitted to develop. The application includes amendments to the previously-approved CUP and DA to incorporate the proposed activities.

Contact Information

Jeffrey O'Neal, City Planner
Agency Name
City of Mendota
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Marie Street & W. Belmont Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
APN 013-280-29
State Highways
180, 33
William Robert Johnston
Mendota High, Mendota Junior High, Mendota Elementary, others
Fresno Slough, San Joaquin River

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 Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Development Types
Other (Agriculture)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Development Agreement
Project Issues
Hydrology/Water Quality, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Tribal Cultural Resources


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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