Redding’s Urgency Outdoor Pot Garden Ordinance is now a Fixture

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An interim urgency ordinance limiting marijuana patients to six plants per residence became permanent this week with a 4-1 vote of the Redding City Council.

At its Tuesday meeting, the council voted to amend the zoning code regarding the outdoor cultivation of marijuana.

The interim urgency ordinance was first enacted in April and then renewed on June 2. During that period, the Redding Planning Commission took up the matter and voted 5-1 to recommend the council amend the code.

The city’s previous ordinance limited outdoor grows to 100 square feet of canopy per patient, with up to three patients per home.

Outdoor grows must be 1,000 feet or more from any library, school, park or other youth-oriented facility. The previous ordinance allowed gardens to within 300 feet. Redding remains the only jurisdiction in Shasta or Tehama counties that allows outdoor pot gardens.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

— Voted 5-0 to approve a plan for the allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant monies. A total of $104,340 was awarded in the public service category.

The recipients were: FaithWORKS! ($20,340); Shasta Senior Nutrition Emergency Food Assistance ($10,000); YMCA Eagle Soar Mentoring Memberships ($8,000); Empire Hotel Alcoholic Rehab Center Detox Program ($15,000); Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County ($15,000); One SAFE Place ($14,000); NVCSS Housing Resource Loan Fund ($5,000); Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council ($7,000); and People of Progress Resource Center and Food Bank ($10,000).

Another $145,500 was awarded in the public improvement/economic development category. Recipients were: MLK Restroom & Recreation Facility ADA Improvements ($ 33,000); Superior California Economic Development ($10,000); Economic Development Corporation ($50,000); Empire Hotel Rehab Center Building Improvements ($32,500); and Shasta Historical Society ADA Restroom Improvements ($20,000).

— Voted 5-0 to appoint Kimberly Ross to a vacant seat on the Shasta Public Library Citizens Advisory Committee. Ross, a Redding resident and a former A News Café contributor, was appointed to the fill the seat vacated by Charles Menoher. Her term ends Nov. 30, 2018.

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at
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