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C. 82
To: Board of Supervisors
From: John Kopchik, Director, Conservation & Development Department
Date: December  15, 2020
The Seal of Contra Costa County, CA
Contra
Costa
County
Subject: Authentic 925 Community Benefit Agreement

APPROVE OTHER
RECOMMENDATION OF CNTY ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDATION OF BOARD COMMITTEE

Action of Board On:   12/15/2020
APPROVED AS RECOMMENDED OTHER
Clerks Notes:

VOTE OF SUPERVISORS

AYE:
John Gioia, District I Supervisor
Candace Andersen, District II Supervisor
Diane Burgis, District III Supervisor
Karen Mitchoff, District IV Supervisor
Federal D. Glover, District V Supervisor
Contact: Francisco Avila, (925) 674-7801
I hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of an action taken and entered on the minutes of the Board of Supervisors on the date shown.
ATTESTED:     December  15, 2020
David Twa,
 
BY: , Deputy

 

RECOMMENDATION(S):

APPROVE and AUTHORIZE the Conservation and Development Director, or designee, to execute a community benefits agreement with SGI Pacheco, LLC, (dba Authentic 925), effective upon approval of a use permit, to pay the County amounts based on annual sales in connection with SGI Retail’s storefront commercial cannabis dispensary, Pacheco area.

FISCAL IMPACT:

Approval of this agreement will allow the County to receive on an annual basis, $150,000 or 1.5 percent of the gross profits, whichever is greater, from Authentic 925 to fund services and programs and for other purposes that benefit the community.

BACKGROUND:

On June 26, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors (Board) adopted Zoning Ordinance Chapter 88-28 - Cannabis Regulation. Following that Board action, a request for proposals was issued by County staff seeking qualified applicants. Full proposals were received from 21 prospective applicants. Many proposals, including the proposal from Authentic 925, included voluntary commitments to make community benefit payments or perform other voluntary actions to benefit the community. A multi-departmental team of County staff scored and ranked each proposal. On December 10, 2019, the Board of Supervisors reviewed


BACKGROUND: (CONT'D)
the results of the scoring and selection process and chose Authentic 925 along with three other applicants to have an opportunity to establish storefront retail dispensaries within the County.  
  
In response, SGI Pacheco, LLC, (Authentic 925) submitted the required land use permit application (County File #LP20-2003). This application was subsequently approved at the September 21, 2020, Zoning Administrator public hearing. As part of the Authentic 925 application submittal, Authentic 925 pledged a voluntary annual monetary payment to the County that the County would use to fund actions to benefit the community. The proposed community benefits agreement memorializes this commitment.

CONSEQUENCE OF NEGATIVE ACTION:

If this agreement is not approved, the County will not receive funding for various services and programs and without such an agreement Authentic 925 may not be allowed to operate within the County.

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