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Meyers Commercial Cannabis Retail Selection & Award Procedures – Merit Based Review & Scoring

The following are procedures for submitting application materials and for scoring and selecting a candidate to go through the conditional use permit (CUP) process for the one (1) available commercial cannabis retail license in Meyers, CA. There is a cap of one (1) commercial cannabis retail storefront in Meyers based on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ May 12, 2020 amendments to County Code Section 130.41.300 - Retail Sale, Distribution, Indoor Cultivation, Laboratory Testing, and Manufacturing of Commercial Cannabis.

Applicants must submit a completed Commercial Cannabis Retail Pre-Application form , a Supplemental Submittal Information for Commercial Cannabis Retailer form  and a Security Plan and Background Check form  along with the Pre-Application payment of $1,558 by 5:00 PM, June 30, 2020. Applicants must email Brendan Ferry at brendan.ferry@edcgov.us to schedule an appointment to drop off the application materials at 924 B Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 prior to that date. The Pre-Application fee is non-refundable.

Pre-Applications that are not deemed complete during the review period will be provided one 5 business day window for corrections to be made and may be resubmitted.

Pre-Applications will be reviewed by County staff with expertise in the corresponding fields and numerically scored by a multi-departmental, blind panel based on the following equally-rated criteria:

  • Distance to a Residence
  • Security Plan
  • Odor Control Plan
  • Background Check
  • Plan to prevent theft and access to cannabis and cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 unless they have a valid medical cannabis card

On a spectrum from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest score, applications will be scored in each of the above criteria areas based on their completeness, thoughtfulness, creativity, and ability to be meet and/or exceed the standards outlined in the County’s application forms. The scores from the five criteria above will then be added together and the applicant that receives the maximum score out of a possible 25 points will be selected to submit a full application for the commercial cannabis retail location in Meyers. A ranked list of applicants based upon total scores will be established. In the event of a tie, the applicant able to proceed will be selected by a lottery drawing. There is no appeal to the lottery drawing.

The scoring criteria are generally described as follows:

  1. A score of 1 barely meets the minimum standards to be considered complete
  2. A score of 2 marginally goes beyond minimum standards
  3. A score of 3 exceeds minimum standards but is still an average plan
  4. A score of 4 is greater than average but less than the best plan
  5. A score of 5 is the best possible submittal

The following explains the specific scoring criteria for each criterion:

Distance to a Residence

  1. A location that is directly adjacent to a Residence will be given a score of 1. 
  2. A location that is between 1 and 100 feet from a Residence will be given a score of 2. 
  3. A location that is between 101 and 200 feet from a Residence will be given a score of 3. 
  4. A location that is between 201 and 300 feet from a Residence will be given a score of 4. 
  5. A location that is greater than 301 feet from a Residence will be given a score of 5. 
Note – the measurement will be taken from the closest property line to the closest property line of the two parcels. 

Security Plan

  1. A security plan that barely meets the minimum standards to be considered complete for the property’s security will be given a score of 1.
  2. A security plan that marginally goes beyond minimum standards for the property security will be given a score of 2. 
  3. A security plan that exceeds minimum standards but is still considered an average security plan for the subject property and for surrounding properties will be given a score of 3.
  4. A security plan that provides a greater than average but less than the optimal amount of security both at the property and for surrounding properties will be given a score of 4. 
  5. A security plan that provides the best possible security both at the property and for surrounding properties will be given a score of 5. 

Odor Control Plan 

  1. An odor control plan that barely meets the minimum standards to be considered complete to control odor at the site and does not address odor control between properties will be given a score of 1. 
  2. An odor control plan that marginally goes beyond minimum standards to control odor both at the property and between surrounding properties will be given a score of 2. 
  3. An odor control plan that exceeds minimum standards but is still considered an average odor control plan to control and limit odor at the subject property and between surrounding properties will be given a score of 3. 
  4. An odor control plan that provides a greater than average but less than the optimal amount of odor control both at the property and between surrounding properties will be given a score of 4. 
  5. An odor control plan that provides the best possible odor control both at the property and between surrounding properties will be given a score of 5. 

Background Check

  1. An applicant with a total of three or more relevant infractions or misdemeanors or one felony conviction on the background checks for all owners will be given a score of 1. 
  2. An applicant with two relevant infractions or misdemeanors on the background checks for all owners will be given a score of 2. 
  3. An applicant with one relevant misdemeanor on the background checks for all owners will be given a score of 3. 
  4. An applicant with one infraction on the background checks for all owners will be given a score of 4.
  5. An applicant with an absolutely clean background check for all owners will be given a score of 5.

For purposes of a commercial cannabis application, a relevant infraction, misdemeanor, or felony is one that the Sheriff’s Office determines “makes it more likely than not that any amount of funding for the operation will be or was derived from illegal activity or because the criminal history or other information discovered in the background check of an owner or spouse of an owner weighs against the owner’s trustworthiness or ability to run a legal business in compliance with all regulations, including but not limited to the risk of involvement or influence by organized crime, prior convictions involving controlled substances or violent crimes, the likelihood that sales and income will not be truthfully reported, or the risk that cannabis will be illegally provided or sold to individuals under the age of 21".

Note – An additional fee may be required for the background check. Further, as part of the full application process there will be a more in-depth background check process.

Plan to prevent theft and access to cannabis and cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 unless they have a valid medical cannabis card

  1. A plan that barely meets the minimum standards to be considered complete for preventing theft and access to cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 will be given a score of 1. 
  2. A plan that marginally goes beyond minimum standards for preventing theft and access to cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 will be given a score of 2.
  3. A plan that exceeds minimum standards but is still considered an average for preventing theft and access to cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 will be given a score of 3. 
  4. A plan that provides a greater than average but less than the optimal amount of detail for preventing theft and access to cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 will be given a score of 4. 
  5. A plan that provides the best possible detail for preventing theft and access to cannabis products by individuals under the age of 21 will be given a score of 5.

The County will post the ranked scores list and will notify applicants of their standing no later than October 1st, 2020.

The selected applicant must submit a full Commercial Cannabis Retail Application and the associated application fee within 5 business days of being notified of their selection.

If the selected applicant fails to submit a complete Application and applicable payment within 5 business days of being notified, that applicant will be disqualified and the applicant that scored second will be given the opportunity to submit a full application and payment within 5 business days of notification.

After the full application has been deemed complete by the County, the applicant will follow the outlined Conditional Use Permit process .

In the event that no qualified applicants are selected during the first 30-day submittal period, a second 30-day application submittal window will be opened by the County that follows the same process.

Appeals – any applicant that submitted a timely and complete pre-application may file a written appeal to the El Dorado County Planning Commission to challenge the scoring decision made by the Planning & Building Department within 10 business days of the notification of scoring results. The burden of establishing by satisfactory factual proof the applicability and elements of a challenge to the application process or decision shall be on the applicant. The applicant must submit full information in support of their appeal. Failure to raise each and every issue that is contested in the written appeal and provide appropriate support evidence will be grounds to deny the appeal and will also preclude the applicant from raising such issues in court. Failure to file a timely appeal shall constitute a failure to exhaust administrative remedies that shall preclude such person from challenging the application process or decision in court.