By Jay Gamel
Paul Morrison, on behalf of Protect Our Sonoma Valley Neighborhoods, appealed a Board of Zoning Adjustments decision to permit a cannabis dispensary on the corner of Arnold Drive and Madrone Road, just outside Glen Ellen and the Sonoma Developmental Center. Though heartily opposed by many neighbors who attended the virtual April 8 BZA hearing, all five BZA members approved the project, which must still be approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors.
The BZA decision was basically to not require the applicant, John Lobro and Loe Firehouse Dispensary, LLC, to do a complete Environmental Impact Report to proceed with the project. Lobro’s project has been wending its way through the county approval process since 2017, a process bogged down by wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic until recently.
“This neighborhood is 99 percent residential and full of families,” Morrison said in an interview after he filed the appeal on April 19. “This is a highly commercial project for this area. It needs to be offices or some other lowimpact use.” Morrison paid a filing fee of $1,209 to make the appeal. Lobro seemed to take the appeal in stride. “It’s very frustrating,