The 2017 Napa Complex Fire also known as a the “Atlas Fire” burned about 51,000 acres. Many people lost their homes and/or businesses due to the fire. The County has taken measures to expedite processing of permits for fire victims. Fire victims are also able to apply for a fee reduction for their required permits. The County has created three review categories that range from 7 to 28 days for review time. The three categories are 7 business day/expedited, quick permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits, and standard permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits. The fee reduction is available for all fire rebuild projects including commercial and residential accessory structures.
Fire Damaged Rebuild and Permitting in the Redwood Valley County Water District
County of Mendocino hosted a Town Hall meeting on Thursday October 11th, in Redwood Valley, with the key topics of water system improvements and a planned water system replacement project. This meeting was to inform and address any questions from residents about the Redwood Valley County Water District infrastructure project specifically residents served by Redwood Valley County Water District. The project has been completely funded by state and federal disaster relief funds. The allotted funds will be used to upsize existing water lines and create loops where dead ends exist. The improvements will cover about 4-miles; with 3-miles being replacement and 1-mile of new installation. This will update current water lines by creating enough pressure and flow to support fire sprinklers which are required under the building code, Title 24. The current water infrastructure was developed prior to some of the safety requirements required under California’s new building code. The funding will cover all costs of the public right of way improvements.
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring and Reporting Program
The rain is on its way.
With rain comes stormwater runoff. The State Water Resource Control Board requires monitoring and reporting of cannabis cultivation sites during months of rain events. The tests for stormwater runoff include a turbidity test and pH test. These tests shall be performed once per calendar month when precipitation exceeds 0.25 inches per day or when storm water runoff is noticed leaving a cultivation site.
Commercial Cannabis Site Management Plan
The State Water Resource Control Board approved the Cannabis General Order last year on October 17th. The General Order covers guidelines for cannabis cultivation, general waste discharge requirements, and waiver of discharge requirements for discharges of waste associated with cannabis cultivation activities. To obtain a license from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, one must be in compliance with the cannabis policy. An important aspect of becoming compliant is submitting a Site Management Plan.