A proposed 68,100-square-foot facility for growing and processing cannabis passed through the Lompoc Planning Board on Wednesday evening, one of two similar projects the committee will be considering in a few weeks.
Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC’s one-story facility is proposed for 3 acres at 1501 North O St. plus 801 and 851 Cordoba Ave. in the city business park area. The three vacant lots are located along North O Street between Cordoba Avenue and Aviation Drive.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve several aspects of the project, including reviewing the architectural design / site development and a mixed negative statement for the Mustang cannabis facility, which will also distribute cannabis.
Commissioner Dan Badertscher voted alone against the project without explanation.
The site improvements would include an 8-foot-high fence and gates at the back of the building, which would be surrounded by other members of the business park as well as Walmart to the east of the site, the planner said. Greg Stones at the commission.
âWe have done everything possible to comply with the current code. We are very comfortable with the terms of approval as well as the mitigation measures, âsaid John Dewey, who is listed as CEO of Newport Beach-based real estate investment group Mustang Lompoc Partners LLC.
Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC plans to build a 68,100 square foot facility for growing, processing and distributing cannabis in Lompoc. (Map of the city of Lompoc)
The architectural style of the Mustang facility will maintain the character of the neighborhood with a design similar to the nearby Sea Smoke, Dewey said. .
A greenhouse gas condition due to the project’s expected energy consumption – for lighting, freezing and cooling – will most likely lead to the installation of solar panels on the roof as a mitigation measure , said Dewey.
âWe’re going to give Lompoc (Electrical Division) a very good customer,â said Dewey.
Sixty-one off-street parking spaces are available, exceeding the 59 spaces required by municipal regulations.
Mustang Lompoc Partners must still submit an application for a commercial cannabis use license for review and approval by the city before starting operations, city staff said. This application process through the City Clerk’s Office includes a comprehensive review of the applicant’s background, business proposal, and operational procedures.
An artist’s concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street. (courtesy of the city of Lompoc)
This was one of two similar facilities proposed for Lompoc, which has no limit on the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the community.
In October, planners will review Organic Liberty Lompoc LLC’s proposal for 1025 and 1035 Central Ave. to accommodate a center for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing and distribution on an undeveloped 3.8-acre site.
The building would be approximately 91,000 square feet and two stories, or 35 feet in height, with protection for mechanical equipment on the roof up to 44 feet in height.
The two companies would only sell cannabis products at state-licensed wholesale facilities and would not provide on-site retail, city staff said. They would also not be open to the public, with visitors only allowed when escorted and for specific business purposes.
“It’s good to see new businesses coming to town,” said planning director Brian Halvorson, “and it’s bigger companies that will provide a new base of jobs for Lompoc.”