A coalition of Pomona residents is concerned a proposed cannabis zoning map will target some of the city’s poorest residents.
A draft of the map released by the city earlier this month identified 12 places exactly where cannabis firms could operate.
If the map have been authorized, about a single-third of District three could be zoned for manufacturing, distribution and expanding of cannabis, according to United Voices of Pomona for Environmental Justice.
“We see a lot inequity with this map and a lot of exclusion of the voices,” stated Linda Hinojos, who lives in District three and is a member of the coalition.
Hinojos she had been following the cannabis discussion and attended a council meeting — but it wasn’t till the map was released that she could visualize how it could have an effect on persons in District three.
Hinojos stated the ordinance lacks crucial specifics, adding she would want to recognize precisely how quite a few firms could operate in that location.
At the May perhaps 20 council meeting, Mayor Tim Sandoval acknowledged he has heard comments about the proposed map.
“Nothing has been finalized, no choices have been created about what we’re going to do,” he stated. “It’s a approach exactly where discussion is going to occur and take that input as nicely as from the organizing commission.”
The council is at present seeking at only enabling these permits:
- Two for retail
- Two for micro-firms
- And 4 for industrial production.
Hinojos stated she has been promised these figures will not alter.
Nonethless, she’s concerned if there is a turnover with the present City Council that quantity could boost and produce an influx of operators in District three.
Hinojos also wanted to know why there wasn’t a 1,000-foot boundary essential among the cannabis firms.
“We have voices that are not becoming valued,” she stated. “With such a substantial alter there need to be neighborhood engagement and outreach.”
Elected officials have agreed they didn’t want any firms inside a 1,000 feet of such web-sites as K-12 schools, daycare facilities and recreation centers, as nicely as and other legal cannabis firms.
Anita Gutierrez, Improvement Solutions director for Pomona, stated the zoning ordinance will have to go by means of an environmental critique approach and then to the Planing Commission prior to going to the City Council for final approval.
Councilman Robert Torres will hold a town hall meeting May perhaps 29 and has encouraged residents in District six to voice any issues about the zoning ordinance.
In addition, plans are becoming created for a neighborhood workshop June 19 at Palomares Park, Gutierrez stated by telephone Thursday.
Immediately after reviewing the map at the May perhaps two joint meeting with the City Council, Preparing Commissioner Kristie Kercheval expressed some issues about not placing permits places “in the good places of town. I want to make confident we’re equitable.”
At that time, Gutierrez stated the places have been chosen to hold them mainly away from exactly where persons reside — even though some are adjacent to properties.
“People who voted for Prop 64 are saying ‘Hey Robert, we have main issues with the maps,’” stated Torres, who represents District six, which involves Fairplex.
Gutierrez stated she has encouraged residents to attain out to her if they have any issues. Employees also developed a micro-internet site on the organizing web page which deliver updates on the cannabis ordinances.
In the course of the approach, employees will evaluate feasible web-sites exactly where the firms and take into consideration if any parameters will will need to be established.
For additional than a year, the council discussed what it wanted to see in its enterprise application approach.
After these suggestions have been established, organizing employees created the map of the 12 various zones in the six districts exactly where firms can operate, Gutierrez stated.
Sandoval stated the approach will give the neighborhood a opportunity to deliver input and encouraged residents to attain out to to members of the City Council.
“We’ve attempted to be as open, transparent throughout this lengthy of a approach. It does not imply that we’re wedded to all of these places with no neighborhood input.” Sandoval stated.