On February 25, 2020, the City of King City Council adopted an Ordinance to allow cannabis storefront retail dispensaries, which became effective on March 26th. It was recently amended to change the restriction of prohibiting dispensaries adjacent to a residential property to now instead prohibit them adjacent to residential zoned properties. A copy of the most recent Ordinance is attached. A maximum of two permits are allowed at one time. One applicant has completed the pre-application process through the first round. Therefore, there is currently up to one permit remaining and the City is reopening the pre-application process for a second round.
The process for selecting those eligible for the limited number of permits included in the Ordinance is designed to be objective and impartial, while also limiting consideration to high quality proposals and experienced operators. Under the process, applicants are required to participate in a pre-application process. An independent third party, HdL Companies, has been selected through a request for proposal (RFP) process to evaluate the proposals and score them on a scale of 600 points. Those receiving at least 500 points will be included in a lottery. The lottery will determine the ranking of all the eligible proposals. The top one selected will then be eligible to apply for their conditional use permit (CUP), cannabis business permit and other approvals required before being allowed to operate.
The pre-application package materials are attached, which include the following:
- Cannabis Retail Storefront Pre-Application Process Instructions
- Commercial Cannabis Business Retail Storefront Application Form
- Commercial Cannabis City Permit Indemnification Agreement
- Retail Storefront Dispensary Scoring Checklist ( For Use by Independent Third Party)
- Commercial Cannabis Activity Ordinance
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00 p.m. on January 14, 2021. Please direct any questions to Scott Bruce at www.kingcity.com.