On March 13, 2019, the Planning Commission will be asked to consider whether to reduce the 600-foot separation requirement between cannabis manufacturing, cultivation, and laboratory testing businesses and residentially zoned property. Stay tuned for updates.
Effective January 1, 2019, the City has begun the process of allowing certain commercial cannabis businesses (cultivators, manufacturers, and testing laboratories) and cannabis retailers to operate in the City. The City Council has adopted a two-step process for commercial cannabis businesses and cannabis retailers to lawfully operate in the City. A commercial cannabis business or retailer must first apply for a cannabis regulatory permit in compliance with the provisions of Banning Municipal Code Chapter 5.35 and Chapter 5.33,respectively. If the commercial cannabis business or cannabis retailer secures a cannabis regulatory permit, then it must apply for and obtain a cannabis conditional use permit in compliance with Banning Municipal Code Chapter 17.53 or Chapter 17.54, respectively.
Only three (3) cannabis retailers will be issued cannabis regulatory permits and have an opportunity to apply for and obtain cannabis conditional use permits. The three (3) retailers will be selected through a lottery process. Cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and testing laboratory facilities will not need to go through the lottery process to obtain a cannabis regulatory permit or a cannabis conditional use permit.
The schedule for the public workshop, application release and submittal deadlines, and public lottery are included below.
For questions, Contact Mark deManincor (951) 922-3123