Cathedral City Releaf (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)
Document Title
Cathedral City Releaf (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Armen Harutyunyan applied for a Specialty Indoor cultivation license with the Department of Cannabis Control on 04/14/2022. The Department of Cannabis Control, pursuant to authority granted under Business and Profession Code Division 10, Chapter 2, Section 26012, approved the Specialty Indoor cannabis cultivation license on 10/04/2022. The project site is in Cathedral City on Date Palm Drive approximately 412 feet south of Gerald Ford Drive within the PCC (Planned Community Commercial) Zoning District. The surrounding uses include a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a Jiffy Lube, and an ARCO AM/PM gas station and convenience store. The site is approximately 0.84 acres and has an existing 6,397 square-foot multi-suite building. The applicant proposes to maintain the same building footprint with no additions planned. However, then interior of the building would be redivided into an 1,852 square feet of cultivation premises, an 833 square-foot dispensary area, a 750 square-foot lounge area, a 329 square-foot distribution office, and 2,633 square feet of office, storage, and other ancillary space. On the site, the applicant proposes minor improvements, including upgrading the trash enclosure to City Standard, adding a new loading area, and constructing a brick wall along the southern property line. Additionally, the applicant proposes resurfacing and restriping the parking lot and minor aesthetic improvements to the exterior of the building which include altering the color scheme of the building.

Contact Information

Peter Buchman
Agency Name
Department of Cannabis Control
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cathedral City
Cross Streets
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; §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. The Project involves the use of an existing industrial building with no proposal for building expansion and only minor exterior alterations. The design, location, size, and operating characteristics of the Project are compatible with the existing and future land uses within the vicinity as it is within an existing commercial zoning district. None of the exceptions to the exemption defined in Section 15300.2 apply to the Project.


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