Riverside County supervisors Tuesday plan to convene two separate public hearings to review plans and consider any complaints regarding proposed cannabis retail outlets in Lakeland Village and East Hemet.
Nibble This LLC is seeking to establish a dispensary at 17139 Grand Ave., near Evergreen Street, in Lakeland Village, where the Board of Supervisors has already approved two other cannabis retail operations in the last year.
The entire facility would occupy just over an acre, parking lot included, though the currently vacant building used to sell and store products is about 3,300 square feet, according to the county Transportation & Land Management Agency.
The outlet would provide on-site marijuana sales, as well as a mobile delivery service, available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., TLMA said.
Under the proposed 10-year conditional use permit and development agreement, Nibble This would be required to make a first-year public benefits payment to the county totaling $64,634. An ongoing annual payment of $120,000 would also be owed, increased 3% every year.
The payments are intended to offset the costs to the county of providing additional law enforcement, street maintenance and other services at the location.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal on May 19 and forwarded it to the board for final authorization.
In East Hemet, Catalyst Hemet LLC is requesting board approval for a dispensary on a .67-acre lot near the intersection of East Florida Avenue and Columbia Street.
The existing space that would be used for sales is part of a strip mall, and the outlet would utilize roughly 4,000 square feet of that, according to TLMA.
Catalyst Hemet would provide on-site marijuana sales, as well as a mobile delivery service, available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., officials said.
Under the proposed 10-year conditional use permit and development agreement, the company would be required to make a first-year public benefits payment to the county totaling $78,440. An ongoing annual payment of $65,000 would also be owed, increased 4% every year.
The Planning Commission approved the proposal in a 4-0 vote — with one recusal — on April 7 and forwarded it to the board for final authorization.
The board has additionally previously authorized dispensaries and manufacturing facilities in unincorporated Bermuda Dunes, Corona, Green Acres, Highgrove, Mead Valley, Temescal Valley and Thousand Palms.
The county’s 2018 Marijuana Comprehensive Regulatory Framework, codified under Ordinance No. 348, provides for steps that prospective businesses must take to be eligible for permits. Safety and health safeguards are part of the regulatory stipulations.
To date, the board has approved only indoor marijuana manufacturing and distribution outlets — not outdoor commercial cannabis grows — in unincorporated communities.
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