Templeton residents getting ready to appeal plans for cannabis cultivation site

Posted at 9:46 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2019-03-26 10:47:11-04

Part of a 77-acre piece of land in Templeton is going to be turned into a cannabis cultivation site.

San Luis Obispo’s Building and Planning Department approved a minor use permit for a cannabis cultivation site off of York Mountain Road September 21.

Most of the neighbors KSBY spoke to said they are getting ready to appeal the decision.

Gary Bang shares a fence with the proposed cannabis cultivation site. ”What am I going to do, move?,” Bang asked. “I mean think about it, this is a nice place, you see my house and other neighbors’ houses. This is a nice place to live. I can’t live with something like that.”

Bang and others who live on York Mountain Road say they were blindsided by the approval of this project. “I worry about crime, I worry about the smell, I worry about the lights, I worry about what it does to the environment,” added Bang. “It’s just not a good fit for this area.”

KSBY reached out to the permit holders, Jim McAllister and Laura Gardner, but they didn’t want to be interviewed at this time.

The approval would allow for the construction of indoor and outdoor facilities. The County Director of Building and Planning told KSBY 21 of the total 49 conditions must be met before any growing can take place. These conditions include obtaining proper state and county licenses.

The next step is a 14-day appeal period.

Most people said they are not against cannabis farms, but they don’t think it’s a good fit for their backyards.

If the project is appealed, a public hearing would then be scheduled before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. If there are no appeals, the applicant could proceed to fulfill the 49 conditions.