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Goleta Town and Hidden Trails, LLC (“Hidden Trails”) have reached an agreement on the Hidden Trail proposed cannabis project at 222 Winchester Canyon Drive. The settlement agreement requires Hidden Trails staff to have a robust odor reporting and repair process and a hydrogen sulfide (H2S) control system.
The 17.23-hectare indoor and outdoor cannabis processing project is located on 349 acres of farm property in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County (“County”). Operations would be located approximately 3,000 feet from the city limits of Goleta. Before Hidden Trails can grow cannabis, Hidden Trails must build the project, including the installation of security fences and cameras, and apply for and obtain a county commercial license and a state cannabis license. Cannabis project operations are a minimum of 10 months.
All parties are committed to preventing episodes of odors, developing an objective and measurable way to detect odors, and using technology and weather monitoring to identify sources of odors. If the odor is reported and verified, Hidden Trails must immediately apply, in accordance with the terms of the agreement, a series of steps to identify the source and mitigate the odor. If odor issues are repeated, Hidden Trails will continuously review its operations and systems and, if inadequate, update its odor control equipment and use additional mitigation measures to ensure that its neighbors do not experience adverse odors. Under the settlement agreement, Hidden Trails will also train its employees to follow strict operating protocols that it will implement during harvest periods to minimize odors.
Hidden Trails must also install an H2S monitor for its irrigation system, so that any release of H2S levels to odor levels will be reported to City Hall within one hour of detection. . In addition, Hidden Trails will not be allowed to re-irrigate with well water until a corrective action plan has been approved by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD). H2S-smelling residents, who can get rid of agricultural and domestic wells in the area, should call 911 so that the County Fire Department, as the primary culprit for H2S problems, can measure levels. of H2S and determine if an emergency response is required.
These actions represent the current state-of-the-art approach to resolving the odors associated with cannabis farms. If more advanced technology is developed in the future, the settlement agreement envisages the implementation of the most current odor control systems. Goleta City Council and Hidden Trails are committed to working with nearby residents to resolve any future issues.