The Department of Community Development & Sustainability is responsible for a wide range of functions related to community change evolution, enhancement and preservation. Areas of responsibility include planning and zoning, building inspection and plan check services and economic development. Specific task areas include current and advanced planning, zoning administration, environmental impact studies, management of historic structures, sustainability management, agricultural conservation, city property acquisition and management, code compliance, resale inspections, downtown redevelopment and public information. The Department strives to provide vision and leadership within the context of innovative, high quality, equitable and efficient services which encompass and reflects community values.
The City is in the process of creating a regulatory framework related to the possession and cultivation of medical cannabis. Information and updates on these efforts are posted on the above link.
Ordinance 2509 - On July 11, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2509 establishing permitting and regulatory requirements related to the operation of commercial cannabis businesses.
Resolution No. 17-093 - On June 20, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 17-093 setting business license tax rates for cannabis businesses.
Ordinance 2503 - On June 6, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2503 establishing zoning regulations related to the manufacturing, testing, research, and distribution businesses for commercial cannabis.
Ordinance 2497 - On April 18, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2497 pertaining to the personal cultivation of cannabis and related definitions.
March 8, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting Notice
Cannabis Dispensaries - Pre-Application Submittal
The City is currently in the process of developing regulations pertaining to cannabis dispensaries. It is expected that Planning approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for cannabis dispensaries will be required. As part of the information being gathered to inform the decision-making on the final regulations, the City is accepting Pre-Applications for proposed cannabis dispensaries. Staff will review and provide a status report on Pre-Applications that are received to the City Council to help the City understand the overall interest in opening a dispensary, locations, and other considerations. No formal City action will be taken on the Pre-Applications, and submitting a pre-application does not provide for preferential consideration of a use permit when the formal CUP process commences at a date to be determined by City Council.
A Pre-Application submittal shall include the following:
- Completed Planning Application Form (http://cityofdavis.org/home/showdocument?id=576). It includes the planning application, fee agreement form, and environmental form.
- Description of the proposal, address, general operations such as hours, number of employees, and other details.
- $2,800 application fee deposit.
After an ordinance and regulations are in place, if is determined that a Pre-Application is eligible in terms of location, zoning, and other factors that may be adopted, a formal CUP application may be submitted. Any funds remaining on a Pre-Application deposit would be applied to a CUP application. Please note that additional information and fees may be needed to fully process the Planning application. If it is not processed or if the application is withdrawn, the deposit amount remaining would be refunded.
For questions, contact Cathy Camacho at firstname.lastname@example.org, Community Development & Sustainability Department, 23 Russell Boulevard, Davis, CA (530) 757-5610, ext. 7235.