By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Needles City Clerk Dale Jones (Information and Agenda Item Packet)
Downtown Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council have voted in majority to approve a conditional use permit for a cannabis cultivation facility off West Broadway and I Street during their regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.
This agenda item was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook which you can view all what was stated during the meeting unedited.
Initially the vote was 3-2 making the item failed to pass until Needles Vice City Mayor Edward T. Paget changed his vote making the 4-1 passing and approving the item.
Needles City Council Member Donald Wade Evans II voted “No” on this agenda item.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, Edward Andrade, Applicant, is proposing for the construction of a two-story, 25,782 square foot metal building for the purpose of cannabis cultivation.
The project is situated on an approximate 0.52-acre property located at the southwest corner of 209 I-Street, also known as APN 0186-094-51-0000 within the General Commercial Zone (C-2) zoning designation.
The 0.52-acre vacant lot has two existing residences abutting the southeast side of I Street that will be demolished and removed and to then to be followed by project grading and construction of the building.
The project recently received a Certificate of Compliance Lot Line Adjustment which merged the four parcels (APN’s 0186-094-01-0000, 0186-094-02-0000, 0186-094-34-0000, 0186-094-35-0000) into one parcel (APN 0186-094-51-0000) which was recorded by the County San Bernardino’s Assessor’s Office on October 6, 2021.
The Project Site is located South of the 1150 Broadway, and the project would involve the construction of a two-story, metal building with associated parking totaling 11 spaces which would include 1 ADA space, 1 electrical vehicle space, and 9 standard stall spaces, with an additional 1 loading/unloading space.
Accessibility would be provided via a driveway off I-Street. The main entrance into building will be situated on the north side of the building abutting Broadway Street.
The lower level of the building would consist of six (6) cultivation flowering rooms, a vegetation room, a fertigation/water tank storage room, a trimming room, a vault room, an office, a harvest storage room, a break room, a clone room, an electrical room, a security room and two (2) restrooms.
The upper level of the building would consist of nine (9) cultivation flowering rooms totaling fifteen (15) cultivation flowering rooms containing a maximum of 10,080 square feet of indoor canopy cultivation, two (2) drying rooms and two (2) stairways for accessibility between the upper and lower levels of the building.
The building will be approximately 34′-4″ tall with a 1 to 12 angled roof pitch. Building exterior materials will consist of metal siding (Surrey beige color), prefabricated metal awnings above the main entrance facing Broadway Street and above all doorway entries and a 4-foot wide strip of decorative stone veneer applied around the base of the building.
The project would apply landscaping to onsite planter areas adjacent to onsite parking and along the northeast and southwest sides of the building.
The project will operate ten (10) hours a day (10:00 am to 8:00 pm) 7 days per week with a total of six (6) full-time and four (4) part-time employee staff (10 total).
The project site is located near two Needles Area Transit Stops within .1 miles, and a total of ten (10) vehicle trips would occur daily that would include employee trips to-and-from work, deliveries of supplies and pick up of the product.
Outside security cameras will be mounted on all corners of the building and indoor security cameras will be mounted in all cultivation rooms within the building.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, members of the Needles City Council on May 26th, 2020 adopted Ordinance No. 629- AC, allowing cannabis cultivation in zones C-1, C-2, C-3, M-1 and M-2 with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit and a Regulatory Permit.
On Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, members of the Needles Planning Committee help the regular meeting to discuss and later vote on a conditional use permit for a cannabis cultivation facility off West Broadway and I Street.
Unlike detailed agenda item packets release by the Needles City Clerk’s Office, no details were provided to ZachNews prior to the regular meeting of the Needles Planning Committee regarding the conditional use permit for a cannabis cultivation facility.
ZachNews was in attendance at the regular meeting and the videos have been posted which you can view only at ZachNews on Facebook.
Members of the Needles Planning Commission discussed the conditional use permit for a 25,782 sq. ft. cannabis cultivation facility in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, discussed the closed loop system requirement for the cultivation to avoid the project emitting odors, discussed the core downtown to be closer to the El Garces, and adding additional conditions of approval to include Metal artwork to be installed on the wrought iron fence on the northwest corner of Broadway and I Street along Broadway Street.
Nobody from the public stood up to comment for or against the conditional use permit for the proposed project, but the City of Needles states that written testimony was taken from two members of the community in support of the project.
After discussion and questioning, members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve a conditional use permit for a cannabis cultivation facility off West Broadway and I Street, and was posted on the agenda for the upcoming Needles City Council meeting.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, in accordance with Section 94.07, the City Council must make the following findings for a Conditional Use Permit:
– 1: That the requested permit is within its jurisdiction according to the table of permissible uses.
– 2: The application is complete.
– 3: The use is consistent with the General Plan.
– 4: The use will be in harmony with the area in which it is to be located.
– 5: The use will not materially endanger the public health or safety.
– 6: The use will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property.
– 7: That the project overall is consistent with the preceding findings.
As for any public notification being posted or sent out, the City of Needles states that a public hearing notice was only published in the Needles Desert Star on May 11, 2022, and notices were sent to property owners within 300 feet of the proposed project and posted in two conspicuous locations.
As for any fiscal impact to note, the City of Needles listed the following:
– 1: The 10% of gross sales of cannabis business tax (voter approved (2012).
– 2: Valuation of new buildings — added to city tax rolls.
– 3: NPUA — electric/water/sewer usage revenue.
– 4: Recurring business license and permitting fees.
– 5: A 15% State tax — a portion of which will be passed to local government, will be enacted with approval of Proposition 64 in November 2016.
– 6: Statewide 10% sales tax; the city’s share is 1%.
As of any environmental related issues or information to note, the City of Needles states that this project is categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA Guidelines, Section 15332(a-e), Class 32. A project is considered exempt from CEQA under Class 32 if it is consistent with the applicable General Plan designation and policies, and applicable zoning; occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five (5) acres in size; has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species; does not result in significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality; and can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
However, in precluding the project’s concurrence with this exemption, a Historical Analysis Survey was recommended and conducted on the two existing resident homes that were built back in the 1920s.
The results of the survey concluded that these structures are not eligible to be added to the California State Historic Resource list. However, there is potential for archaeological remains on the site due to the presence of a historic outhouse/privy.
Condition 21 has been added to ensure that archaeological resources discovered during grading or trenching activities follow guidelines set forth in Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 21083.2(b).
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, the recommendation for members of the Needles City Council is to approve Resolution 2022-42, Approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 25,782 sq. ft. cannabis cultivation facility in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, located at 209 I Street, Also known as APN 0186-094-51-0000 formerly known as APN’s 0186-094-01-0000, 0186-094-02-0000, 0186-094-34-0000, 0186-094-35-0000.
The agenda item was submitted by Patrick Martinez, Needles Assistant City Manager and Needles Development Services City Management.
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For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.