Law firm notice to Sonoma County: Stop illegal piecemealing of cannabis permits by large producers, environmental law violations…
Gaming the system with support of County officials is not OK in a well run County. In Sonoma it’s another story.
“The first arises when the same applicant seeks ministerial and discretionary permits for the same site at the same time. A County planner advises that this is common practice among growers, because obtaining a ministerial permit from the Agricultural Commissioner is “much faster” than obtaining a use permit from PRMD. Granting ministerial approval to the smaller project under these circumstances would, in my view, constitute piecemealing.
A second issue occurs when multiple applicants file multiple ministerial permit applications simultaneously for the same parcel. This is authorized by the Cannabis Ordinance for “multi-tenant operations” (26-88-254(f)), the meaning of which is unclear, but gives rise to two concerns.”