Industrial Hemp in Camarillo

FINAL OUTCOME

April 22, 2021:
The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner sent a letter to the City of Camarillo, recognizing the City Council’s action to change the name of the R-E Zone to Rural Exclusive Residential, and for acknowledging the County's decision to now recognize this zone as a sensitive site. [Letter]

April 19, 2021: City of Camarillo submitted a letter to the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner [Letter]

January 14, 2021: Ventura County Board of Supervisors adopted an Industrial Hemp Cultivation Ordinance establishing a half-mile buffer around areas identified by the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner as Sensitive Sites. Although the definition of “Sensitive Site” includes all residentially zoned areas, the County did not recognize Camarillo’s R-E Zone as a residential zone at that time; and, instead, considered Camarillo’s R-E Zone to be non-residential. Thus, the half-mile buffer is not currently drawn around Camarillo’s R-E Zone. [County's Industrial Hemp Ordinance]

BACKGROUND

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) allows industrial hemp to be cultivated, and the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office is the local agency responsible for permitting/registering commercial hemp operations. More information is available on the Agricultural Commissioner's website or by calling (805) 388-4222 or emailing VenturaCountyAg.Commissioner@ventura.org.

The Camarillo
City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1168, on January 29, 2020, prohibiting hemp cultivation in the City of Camarillo.

CORRESPONDENCE
Letter from Mayor Craven to Supervisor Long (December 14, 2020)
Letter from Mayor Trembley to Planning Commission (November 4, 2020)

Letter from City Manager Greg Ramirez to Agricultural Commissioner (July 15, 2020)
 
Letter from City Manager Dave Norman to Agricultural Commissioner (February 20, 2020)
Letter from Mayor Trembley to Supervisor Kelly Long (January 28, 2020) 
Letter from City Manager Dave Norman to Supervisor Kelly Long (January 13, 2020) 
Letter from Mayor Kildee to Board of Supervisors (November 13, 2019) 
Letter from Mayor Kildee to Supervisor Long (October 30, 2019)

RESOURCES
Map of Registration Permits issued in 2020 versus 2019 (Received July 14, 2020)
CDFA Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
Map of Industrial Hemp Cultivation Near Camarillo (October 9, 2019)
Map of Industrial Hemp Cultivation Near Camarillo (October 23, 2019)

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Ventura County Board of Supervisors. 
The County Ordinance regulating cultivation of industrial hemp is scheduled to be heard by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. Click here to view the agenda.

Ventura County Planning Commission.
The County Ordinance regulating cultivation of industrial hemp was heard by the Ventura County Planning Commission on Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 8:30a.m. Click here to view the agenda.

Ventura County Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC)
On July 15, 2020, the Ag Commissioner presented a Draft Ordinance to the APAC for consideration and advisement, prior to review by the Ventura County Planning Commission. The City of Camarillo submitted a letter to the Ag Commissioner on July 15, regarding the Draft Ordinance.

Ventura County Board of Supervisors
.  On November 19, 2019, the Agricultural Commissioner presented a report to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors regarding hemp cultivation in Ventura County. The meeting agenda and board letter are available on the County of Ventura’s website. We encourage the community to attend and speak on this matter, and to submit written comments to County Supervisor Kelly Long: (805) 654-2276 | Fax: (805) 654-2226 | kelly.long@ventura.org, as well as to the Office of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner: VenturaCountyAg.Commissioner@ventura.org.

Camarillo Planning Commission.  On December 17, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., the City of Camarillo Planning Commission conducted a public hearing in the City Hall Council Chambers, 601 Carmen Drive, Camarillo, to consider an ordinance that adds Chapter 19.57 to the Camarillo Municipal Code, which addresses the prohibition of industrial hemp cultivation within the City, and whether or not to recommend its approval to the City Council. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval to the City Council.Click here to review the Hemp Cultivation Ordinance, which begins on page 33 of the Planning Commission Agenda Report. 

Camarillo City Council.  The City Council considered the recommended Hemp Cultivation Ordinance during a public hearing on January 8, 2020. 
Click here to view the public hearing notice. On January 8th, the Camarillo City Council voted 3-2 (Mulchay and Santangelo dissenting) to introduce an ordinance to amend the Camarillo Municipal Code to add land use regulations prohibiting the cultivation of hemp within City limits. The second reading of the Ordinance passed on January 29, 2020 (3-2 vote, Mulchay and Santangelo dissenting), and the Ordinance will take effect 30 days after the decision on February 28, 2020.

Ventura County Board of Supervisors. On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors considered adoption of an Interim Urgency Ordinance to temporarily prohibit the outdoor planting of hemp in specified portions of the unincorporated area of Ventura County. The presentation was made by Ventura County Counsel. Here is the link to the Board of Supervisors webpage, where you can find the agenda, staff report, and video of the meeting. The Board adopted the Ordinance 4-0 (Bennett absent), with clarifications made at the hearing. The adopted Ordinance is available here.

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