Nevada City to discuss cannabis business applications – California News

Nevada City to discuss cannabis business applications – California News

An applicant hoping to operate a medical cannabis business in Nevada City could pay upwards of $4,500 in fees.

The city council will hold a public hearing to discuss the permit fees at Wednesday’s council meeting, and will also vote on a resolution adopting an application process for prospective medical cannabis business owners.

The application process, if approved, will require a three-step evaluation for business permits. Once a six-page written application is submitted, staff will make a preliminary determination of completeness. Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal history check and disclose a proposed business location, a business and parking plan, and a neighborhood compatibility plan, among other details, in the written application.

City staff and planning commissioners will then have a review period to ask questions, conduct research and prepare comments before the application is heard at a planning commission meeting, which is open to the public.

Fees for applicants include $1,550 to compensate city staff for their time in reviewing the application, $300 for a state background check if the applicant applies before the city has been granted federal background check access, $72 for a live scan, $100 dollars for the preparation of a notice to property owners within 300 feet of the proposed business location, $15 per notice for mailing fees and up to $2,461 for the preparation of a zoning verification letter for the proposed location, according to a staff report.

The $4,500 fee and written application is for prospective medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distributing, transporting and testing laboratory businesses.

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