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Overview of Draft Commercial Cannabis Regulations <br /> <br />Cannabis Delivery Services <br /> <br />As discussed last fall, the focus of the Delivery Only Model was an emphasis on providing <br />access to medicinal and adult use cannabis through delivery service business(es). Under the <br />proposed regulations, a new section of the Development Code would be added to regulate <br />cannabis delivery services. No retail dispensaries would be permitted and for the most part, <br />these businesses would function in a similar way to a number of unpermitted medicinal <br />cannabis delivery services which currently operate in the Truckee region. Under the proposed <br />regulations, all delivery services would be required to operate out of a fixed, non-residential <br />(“brick and mortar”) structure and would rely on mobile deliveries to provide access to their <br />customers. Because a retail “presence” would not be allowed for this type of business, the <br />proposed regulations would preclude these businesses from locating in most retail-oriented <br />commercial zoning districts thereby ensuring that these businesses aren’t creating a “blank <br />storefront” in retail and commercial areas. <br /> <br />Even with the establishment of design controls (e.g. minimal signage, well designed structures, <br />lighting, etc.) and specific land use regulations in place for these businesses, both staff and the <br />Planning Commission are recommending that a Use Permit (i.e. Planning Commission-level, <br />discretionary permit) be required to approve delivery services. This type of permit is appropriate <br />for land use activities which may be desirable in the applicable zone district and compatible with <br />adjacent land uses, but whose effects on a site and surroundings cannot be determined before <br />being proposed for a particular location. Discretionary review also necessitates environmental <br />review to determine any site-specific environmental impacts. Because these facilities would be <br />predominantly located in commercial/manufacturing/light industrial zones, staff recommends a <br />limit of 3,000 square feet per operation to ensure adequate commercial/manufacturing/light <br />industrial space remains for other needed users. Truckee has a limited amount of this space <br />available for traditional businesses such as auto-related, local materials and equipment supply <br />and repair, etc. <br /> <br />Planning Commission Recommendation <br /> <br />At the March and April Planning Commission meetings, the Commission considered a set of <br />draft regulations for delivery services. The Commission weighed in on all previous Council- <br />decision points and discussed several topics the Council had not yet discussed during the fall <br />Cannabis Dialogue meetings. Generally speaking, the Commission was more supportive of a <br />wider range of cannabis activities and their focus was to remove some of the “process” involved <br />with the initial draft regulations. Other main deviations from Council and staff recommendations <br />include support for allowing delivery services to operate from the second or third floor of <br />buildings in the CG (General Commercial) zone district, elimination of the 1,000-foot separation <br />standard between individual businesses, elimination of public parks as a sensitive use and a <br />reduction of the 1,000-foot separation standard for sensitive uses to 600-feet. Due to the type of <br />cannabis activity allowed—which would have no public appearance or access—the Commission <br />was comfortable eliminating the separation standard between businesses, removing public <br />parks from the sensitive uses list and with reducing the required setback standard from the <br />sensitive uses. <br /> <br />The Commission also weighed in on a series of topics related to the issuance of licenses to <br />delivery service operators, potential caps on the number of licenses issued by the Town, and <br />special criteria used to regulate ongoing operations. The below list provides an overview of the <br />Commission’s final recommendation, with the Commission-recommended changes highlighted <br />Page 2 of 135