Redding, Calif., Gives Green Light to First Cannabis Cultivator

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After hearing those concerns, the Planning Commission at that meeting blocked the project, a decision it ratified 5-2 on Tuesday. Commissioners Michele Goedert and Randy Memeo dissented.

Among the other reasons the Planning Commission denied Aleck Commercial Cultivation’s use permit is the location is in a high-crime area and it’s close to homes and apartments.

Aleck Cultivation has appealed to the Redding City Council.

Meanwhile, Pinnacle Cultivators scored the city’s first use permit for a marijuana commercial cultivation business.

Before endorsing it, Commissioner Goedert recommended removing a condition requiring a facility processing food or drink products containing cannabis be required to connect to kitchen drainage fixtures.

“We don’t want to give the appearance at all that it could be anything other than cultivation,” Goedert said.

The condition was removed and the project passed.

Pinnacle Cultivators owner Kole Heston has said he wants to open in six months to a year. Heston owns the 2915 Innsbruck Drive building.

He has been cultivating and selling cannabis to dispensaries locally and across California for 10 years. When California voters made recreational marijuana legal in 2016, Heston saw an opportunity to grow his business.

A 2007 Pioneer High School graduate (he also attended Foothill High), Heston has said he got into the cannabis business for its healing qualities.

Pinnacle Cultivators will have 10 to 15 employees to start. But Heston envisions five to 10 years from now expanding into distribution and retail and employing 50 to 100 people.

The owner is Jamie Garzot, who also owns 530 Cannabis in Shasta Lake.

Also on Tuesday:

The Planning Commission voted to allow Churn Creek MarketPlace to open the new Panda Express and ARCO AM/PM mini mart before completing the project’s off-site traffic improvements.

When the 149,410-square-foot center at South Bonnyview and Churn Creek roads was approved in 2016, it was anticipated that the anchor Save Mart grocery store would open first.

That’s not going to happen. In fact, construction on the 50,000-square-foot Save Mart isn’t expected to start until next year, while Panda Express will open later this month and ARCO will open in late October.

Traffic improvements, including a new traffic light on Churn Creek Road at the entrance of the shopping center, were required to address the impacts of Save Mart.

Working with the project’s traffic engineer, the city determined existing traffic capacity could handle the new Panda Express and ARCO.

However, once Save Mart and other development on the east side of Churn Creek MarketPlace opens, the traffic improvements will need to be in place.

The Planning Commission approved a use permit allowing AT&T to construct a 90-foot cell phone tower that will be designed to look like a pine tree at 1845 Aspin Ave.

The commercial parcel on which the tower will be erected is adjacent to the Highway 44 and Victor Avenue interchange.

There is a similar-looking structure near the intersection of Highway 299 East and College View Drive.

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