An applicant hoping to operate a medical cannabis business in Nevada City could pay upward of $4,500 in fees.
The city council will hold a public hearing to discuss the permit fees at the Wednesday, Aug. 9, 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 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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