Root1 Research LLC


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)
Document Title
Root1 Research LLC
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Department of Cannabis Control, pursuant to authority granted under Business and Procession Code Division 10, Chapter 2, Section 26012, approved a Cannabis License submitted on May 12, 2021, by Jeff Atkinson. The Project will consist of Nursery cultivation in hoop houses and distribution (type 13 state). Both operations will be at 353 Webb Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 in unincorporated Santa Cruz County (APN 109-201-16). The proposed site is 9.46 acres and it is zoned with a general plan designation of Agriculture. Distribution operations will be self-distribution, equivalent to a Class #1 distributor per Santa Cruz County Code 7.128.150 (A). Apple orchards cover 80% of the property. Two intermittent streams, bordered by oak woodland trees, transect the property east-to-west; 1) an unnamed arroyo in the parcel center and 2) Hughes Creek along the southern property boundary.

Contact Information

Jennifer VanDyke
Agency Name
Department of Cannabis Control
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Cross Streets
353 Webb Rd Watsonville
Total Acres
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 Categorical Exemption Cal. Code Regs,. Title 14, §15301
Reasons for Exemption
The Department of Cannabis Control 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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