Orcutt Dispensary Gets OK From County Planning Commission Despite Resident Objections – Noozhawk

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted Wednesday to deny an appeal of an Orcutt cannabis dispensary’s land use permit and approve the project.

The East Clark SB OPCO LLC dispensary, which plans to lease commercial space at 1604 E. Clark Ave., was the top-ranked dispensary for the Orcutt area in the county’s selection process.

Planning staff approved a land use permit in April, and it was appealed by Interested Cimarron Estates Homeowners, who raised concerns about traffic, parking, and inconsistencies between the land use permit application and the earlier application for the county’s ranking process.

The planning commissioners listened to several hours of testimony during Wednesday’s meeting and voted 4-1 to deny the appeal and grant approval to the project. Commissioners Michael Cooney, Laura Bridley, John Parke and Larry Ferini voted in favor and Vincent Martinez was opposed.

Cimarron Estates residents voiced concerns about traffic, drivers illegally turning left into the shopping center where the dispensary would lease space, and not having enough parking for customers.

The parking lot is already busy, and residents’ biggest concern is that dispensary customers will park in residential neighborhoods instead, Cimarron Estates resident

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