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Posted on: July 29, 2021

7/29/21 Cannabis FAQs Posted

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Application Photographs

 

Question

Section F(5)(G) requests “photographs of existing site and buildings”; Section H(2) also requests photographs.  Is it possible to have each section refer to the same photograph exhibit (w/o losing points)? or is the intent that both sections have discreet photographs attached to them?

 

Answer

Yes, you may refer to the same photograph exhibit for both Section F(5)(g) and H(2) without losing points. 

 

Agreement on Limitations Form

 

Question

Are all owners required to sign/notarize the “Agreement on Limitations of City’s Liability” form (eg, if we have 5 owners, are there going to be 5 wet signed and notarized copies of this form)?

 

Answer

No, all owners are not required to sign the form.  Refer to the last sentence of item #9 which, indicated the person signing the document does so on behalf of all other owner.

 

Ownership Acknowledgement Form

 

Question

Do ALL applicants have to sign the Ownership Acknowledgement form, even if none of the Owners qualify for Local Preference?

 

Answer

No, if there are not qualified Local Preference individuals on the application then insert the following on the signature page, “No local preference applicants”, then one authorized representative should sign and date it.   

 

Question

Do ALL owners of the applicant have to sign the Ownership Acknowledgement form? (eg, if there are 8 owners, will there be 8 signature pages?)

 

Answer

Yes, if you are applying for the Local Preference in which case each person would be submitting the Ownership Acknowledgement form.   

 

However, if there are not qualified Local Preference individuals on the application then insert the following on the signature page, “No local preference applicants”, then one authorized representative should sign and date it.   

 

Question

And does signing the Ownership Acknowledgement form document bind the Applicant to certain requirements if it does not qualify under Local Preference?

 

Answer

No, it does not.

 

Zoning

 

Question

What zone does my potential location fall into?

 

Answer

The zoning for any parcel within the City may be determined by utilizing the City’s GIS map, located at https://map.cityofventura.net/java/map/, and selecting the “City Zoning Codes” layer. 

 

Parking

 

Question

What are the parking requirements for my potential location?

 

Answer

Parking requirements vary based on the type of use and the location within the City. Various parking, building, and other requirements can be located in Section 24, “Zoning Regulations” of the City’s Municipal Code (the “Zoning Code”).

 

Question

Does a change in use require a property to come into compliance with the parking regulations if it was not in compliance under the previous use?

 

Answer

While the City does not typically require properties to come into compliance with parking requirements during a business license review or changes in tenants, in some instances, compliance may be required.  Please review the Zoning Code for further guidance.

 

Question

Can we utilize public parking to satisfy our parking requirements?

 

Answer

In certain instances, other parking may be utilized but it depends on the zone, use, or parking district and may be subject to approval by the Community Development Director.  Further information can be found in the City’s Zoning Code.

 

Application Documents

 

Question

Are we required to submit the complete Evaluation Criteria containing Sections A-H up front with our application? Or are we only required to submit Sections A-D and then subsequently submit Sections E-H once we have been selected for Phase III?

 

Answer

You should submit Section A-H of the Evaluation Criteria and all application documents at the same time by the August 11 (4:00 pm) due date.  No late applications will be accepted.

 

See the Application Procedures & Guidelines, page 4, showing that the PDF File #2 should contain responses to A-H.

 

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