Humboldt County Board of Supervisors letter to support Humboldt Boutique Gardens CUP

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors letter to support Humboldt Boutique Gardens CUP

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Dear Humboldt County Board of Supervisors,
 
I write this letter today in support of the Conditional Use Permit for Humboldt Boutique Gardens (CUP # 16-427).  The Conditional Use Permit was thoroughly vetted by your Planning Commission on September 20th, 2018 and a vote of 4-1 was cast in favor of granting this permit. Although the project is located within the City of Fortuna’s sphere of influence the applicant has gone above and beyond what is required by the County under the new CCLUO 2.0 ordinance. Although not required, the applicant has had two community meetings as well as meetings with the City of Fortuna’s staff to try to allay concerns regarding odor, traffic, and crime. It is the right of the City to appeal this project but the over the top rhetoric directed to the County is unconscionable.  In a Times Standard article dated October 2, 2018 City of Fortuna council members called the county “evil”, and went on to say “we do not appreciate the direction the county is going, the county is supporting evil.” Further Dean Glaser stated “It is a hatred to Fortuna brought on because we don’t play the same liberal game the county plays or that Arcata plays.”  This language is divisive and corrosive to our local politics as a whole and should be rejected by your Board.
 
This application is ultimately precedent setting and was called the “gold standard” by your own planning commissioners in which all other projects within spheres of influence would be judged. The Humboldt County Planning Department wrote one of the best staff reports for any cannabis project to date and I encourage you to read through it and familiarize yourself before the hearing. The mitigations and the enforcement that were part of the conditions of approval are stringent and rigorous. If this appeal is granted by your Board it would have a chilling impact on all other future and current applicants that are working hard every day to come into compliance with the County. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors through a robust public process stated that this activity has to take place in industrial and heavy commercial parcels, which are extremely limited in the county. This public process went on for about a year during which the City of Fortuna asked repeatedly through written correspondences as well as public testimony for a total ban within the sphere of influence. The Planning Commission as well your Board thoroughly rejected this idea. Instead they required all projects within the sphere of influence to go through the CUP process which requires neighborhood noticing, a public hearing, as well as extensive technical review which this project has done as evidenced by the 308 page Staff report.
 
Please support this local entrepreneur who is trying to create jobs, tax revenue, and economic development in our area.  The people have spoken loud and clear that they want this activity legalized, regulated, and taxed to benefit all the citizens of this County. We cannot afford to go backwards because of irrational fears which were clearly demonstrated by the Fortuna City Council’s meeting on October 1, 2018.
 
Thank you for your courage and dedication to this critical issue.

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