Reasons for Exemption
(a)The proposed project occurs within the Central-Core portion of the City (General Plan 2009 – 2028 (GP)). Within the General Plan, Section 2.8, Figure 1-4 details that development around the City’s core contains an available level infrastructure, public facilities, and public services and that adjacent development should be encouraged to the maximum extent (GP). This project is zoned M-2 (Heavy Industrial) as noted on the Kern County Interactive Zoning Map. Cannabis cultivation businesses are authorized pursuant Title 5, Chapter 6, Article 3. The M-2 zoning district provides for high intensity/heavy manufacturing processes for which commercial cannabis cultivation is an allowed use in this zone. The proposed operations contain industrial agricultural uses completely contained within an enclosed building. The M-2 zoning district also includes uses such as research/office park developments in conjunction with light industrial use where such locations are compatible with adjacent residential lands. The Lead Agency has determined the Project to be consistent with both Article 5 and Article 9, and the provisions contained therein, and that the construction and operation of a commercial cannabis cultivation facility is authorized in the M-2 zoning classification. The Project does not require either a Zone Change or General Plan Amendment in order to facilitate the intended use. As such, the Project is consistent with the underlying regulations, ordinances, and rules applicable to the Project and set forth through the City’s Municipal Code.