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Volunteer Information

Historic Preservation Commission

 

The protection, appreciation and preservation of the historic and cultural resources of Pomona shall be the guiding mission and fundamental purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission.  The Commission shall work in partnership with property owners and residents, the business sector and the community at large to retain and protect those historic and cultural resources which will preserve and enhance Pomona's unique built environment.

 

Historic Preservation Commission   

 District Commissioner Term
Expiration
Mayor Ann Tomkins - Chairperson 12/2020
Dist. 1 Debra Martin 12/2020
Dist. 2 Tamara Gonzalez - Vice Chairperson 12/2022
Dist. 3 Jennifer Williams 12/2022
Dist. 4 Alice R. Gomez  12/2020
Dist. 5 James Gallivan 12/2022
Dist. 6 Jim Kercheval 12/2020

 

Ad-Hoc Committees

The Historic Preservation Commission includes the following active "ad-hoc committees." An ad-hoc committee may be formed by a Commission to encourage analysis or review of a particular subject matter related to the Commission's mission. 

  1. Historic Tree Protection
  2. City Stables 
  3. Ordinance Review

 

Minor Certificates of Appropriateness 

 

A Minor Certificate of Appropriateness (MINCOA) is required for eligible proposed exterior alterations or demolitions of a designated historic landmark, or on existing or new buildings, public streets, public streetscape, public sidewalk, public structures, public buildings, spaces, and public works projects within a designated historic district within the City of Pomona. 

Each MINCOA is reviewed against one or more of the following sources of regulations and guidelines, depending on the kind of proposal:  

  1. Pomona Zoning Ordinance, Historic Preservation, Section .5809-13.
    Click for web version.

  2. Pomona Zoning Ordinance, Fences/Hedges/Walls, Section .503-I-11.
    Click for web version (Please note .503 is a lengthy, broad section; please scroll down to Section "I" and Number 11 for historic-related regulations) 

  3. Historic Preservation Design Guidelines, Adopted 1999.
    Click to download PDF. 

  4. Historic Sites Tree Protection Program, Updated 2020.
    Click to download PDF. 

 

Recent Decisions on Minor COAs 

The following is a list of recently approved MINCOA permits. Decisions on any MINCOA are subject to a 20 calendar day appeal period. Any requests to appeal a decision must be filed with the Planning Division by 5 p.m. on the last day of the appeal period or the following business day if the last day is a holiday or weekend.

Please contact Ata Khan, Supervising Planner, (909) 620-3765 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on a listed decision and/or the appeal process.

  1. MINCOA 14848-2020
    538 E. McKinley (Lincoln Park Historic District) 
    Legalize repair of roof like-for-like (L) and trimming of oak tree
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 11/30/20)
  2. MINCOA 14922-2020
    235 E. Alvarado (Lincoln Park Historic District) 
    Legalize like-for-like (L) repair of roof 
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 11/30/20) 

  3. MINCOA 14869-2020
    337 San Francisco Ave. (Lincoln Park Historic District)
    Trimming of one oak tree
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 12/3/20)

  4. MINCOA 14810-2020
    173 Garfield (Lincoln Park Historic District)
    Legalize the replacement of one (1) damaged window trim
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 12/7/20) 

  5. MINCOA 14798-2020
    236 Monroe (Lincoln Park Historic District)
    Like-for-like replacement of rolled composition roofing located at the rear, flat portion of the existing primary structure
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 12/7/20) 

  6. MINCOA 14975-2020
    545 E. Columbia (Lincoln Park Historic District)
    Trimming of one oak tree
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 12/7/20) 

  7. MINCOA 14799-2020
    516 Lincoln (Lincoln Park Historic District) 
    Legalize like-for-like roofing change-out on the southern portion of the primary structure.
    Link to Decision (Appeal period ends 12/7/20) 
  8. MINCOA 15084-2020516 
    198 E. Jefferson Avenue (Lincoln Park Historic District) 
    Like-for-like roofing change-out on entire home; composition shingle.
    Link to Decision
    (Appeal period ends 12/15/20)
 
Planning Division - 909-620-2191

 

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Questions 

In-Person: Feel free to visit our Planning Counter at City Hall, located on the southwest corner of Mission Boulevard and Garey Avenue, at 505 South Garey Avenue. We have reduced hours due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We are open Monday through Thursday and closed every Friday. Walk-in visitors without appointments are welcome between 830AM-11AM, and appointments will be scheduled between 230PM-5PM. All visitors will be subject to our COVID-19 check-in procedures, including temperature checks and designated social distancing. You can schedule an appointment by calling the Main Line at 909-620-2191 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "Schedule a Planning Counter Appointment" 

 

By Phone: Feel free to call our Main Line for any general questions, at 909-620-2191. If you do not get a live response from one of our planners, we encourage you to leave a message or send us an e-mail. 

 

By E-mail: You can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All active planners will be notified and one of us will reply as soon as possible. 

 


 

Interactive Property Map

 

Our interactive property map allows you to search for a property by "address" (for example: "505 South Garey") or by  Los Angeles County Assessor's Parcel No. (also known as an "APN" or "AIN"). Once found, you can click on the property to learn more about zoning, land use, and any other applicable regulations. To move beyond the map and into the actual regulations for your property, see Pomona Zoning Ordinance and Specific Plan Regulations. To learn more about the policies guiding your property into the future, see Pomona General Plan and Policy Documents.

Click here for Interactive Property Map  

 


 

Pomona Zoning Ordinance and Specific Plan Regulations

 

The regulations for each property (or "parcel") in Pomona are known as "zoning." Zoning regulations are found in two places: the Pomona Zoning Ordinance, or in "Specific Plans" for certain areas of the City. Links to all regulations can be found below. 

Pomona Zoning Ordinance (this will take you to a third-party site called "Municode" that maintains all of our PZO regulations) 

Corridors Specific Plan (updated June 18, 2020) 

Downtown Pomona Specific Plan (updated June 1, 2020)

Kellogg Plaza Specific Area Plan (and Design Guidelines)

Mission 71 Business Park Specific Plan

Mountain Meadows Specific Plan (updated June 1, 2020)

Phillips Ranch Specific Plan (and 2016 Amendment to Wal-Mart Shopping Center area)

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Specific Plan

 


 

Pomona Subdivision Ordinance 

 

There are special regulations that guide how a property or parcel can be "subdivided" into smaller portions, either to create new parcels or to establish condominium units for sale (also known as dividing "airspace"). These regulations are found in Chapter 29 of our Pomona City Code, linked below. 

Click here for Pomona's Subdivision Ordinance

 


 

Pomona General Plan and Policy Documents 

 

The City's guiding policy for growth is the 2014 General Plan. This document contains chapters that address population growth, economic development, historic preservation, communtiy design, noise, safety, utilities, conservation, land use, and more. There is also a special chapter on housing that is updated more frequently to comply with State law (known as the "Housing Element"). In addition to the General Plan, the City has other companion documents, such as an Active Transportation Plan and Green Plan. Links to all policy documents are below. 

2014 Pomona General Plan

Housing Element (Fifth Cycle, 2013-2021) 

Active Transportation Plan 

Green Plan 

 


 

Commission Meetings

 

Due to COVID-19, all Commission meetings are being held virtually through "Zoom," a free video chat service. Each Agenda will include a special hyperlink and instructions on how to access and participate in the meeting. We are using a "Webinar" format, which allows individuals to participate by using the "Raise Hand" or "Q/A" feature. For questions, please give us a call or e-mail us at the information provided above. Use the link below to find the upcoming and past agendas and minutes for Commission meetings. 

Link to Commission agendas, minutes, and other documents

 


 

Recent Director-Level Decisions 

 

The Development Services has the authority to make Director-Level decisions for matters that come up within the Downtown Pomona Specific Plan. The process used to make this decision is called "Substantial Conformance," and requires "findings of fact" to be made, and is subject to a 15 calendar day appeal period. You can learn more about this process by reviewing Chapter 1.7 of the Downtown Pomona Specifc Plan (page 14). Any such recent decisions will be posted below. We encourage you to click the link to review the decision and contact the Planner listed for any questions, or to request an appeal. 

 

(If you're looking for decisions regarding Historic Preservation, please see the dedicated Historic Preservation Page). 

 

Substantial Conformance for 444 W. Commercial Street (Signage)
Appeal period ends November 3, 2020

 
Planning Staff

Please find the contact information for our Planning staff. E-mail address formatting has been modified to prevent spambots. Please replace "[at]" with "@"

 

Anita D. Gutierrez, MPL, AICP
Development Services Director
anita_gutierrez [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2421

Ata Khan
Supervising Planner 
ata_khan [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-3765 

Vinny Tam, MURP, AICP
Senior Planner 
vinny_tam [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2284 

Alina Barron
Assistant Planner
alina_barron [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-802-7729 

Eunice Im, AICP
Assistant Planner
eunice_im [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2446 

Alex Jimenez
Assistant Planner
alex_jimenez [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2441 

Lynda Lara
Assistant Planner
lynda_lara [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2439 

Alan Fortune
Planning Technician
alan_fortune [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2449 

Carlos Molina
Planning Technician
carlos_molina [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-3634 

Jesus Astorga-Rios
Planning Intern
jesus_astorga-rios [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2435 

Miroslava Poursanae
Administrative Assistant
miroslava_poursanae [at] ci.pomona.ca.us
909-620-2195

 
Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP)

 

Contents 

Click a link below to quickly jump to that part of the CCPP page. 

 

Final Scoring Now Available

The City of Pomona is pleased to announce that Phase 4: Final Scoring of the Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP) is now complete and all scores have been tabulated. A ranking by total score is listed below. The top two applicants in the Retail Storefront and Microbusiness categories will be offered a Commercial Cannabis Permit after first providing required documentation including either an option to lease or other binding commitment for the property location listed in the application within 10 business days from the date of posting results (date of posting is October 8, 2020).  If the required documentation is not provided to the satisfaction of the City, the offer of a Commercial Cannabis Permit would be rescinded and the next highest-ranking applicant would then be offered a Commercial Cannabis Permit. A time extension of 10 additional business days may be granted at the sole discretion of the City if the applicant is unable to timely secure the required documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Final Scoring of Storefront Retailers 

(Download PDF version of table) 

Rank Business Name Proposed Location  Phase 3 Points (out of 100)  Phase 4 Points (out of 1,000)  Total Points 
1. Authentic 909 LLC  1605 West Holt Avenue  100.0 997.0 1097.0
2. EEL-Pomona LLC dba Connected-Pomona 454 East Holt Avenue  95.0 995.5 1090.5
3. HPC of Pomona LLC  2400 Valley Boulevard  92.5 995.5 1088.0
4. Harvest of Pomona LLC  1470 West Holt Avenue  85.0 985.5 1070.5
5. Kindred Empowerment Pomona LLC  1542 West Holt Avenue  92.5 974.5 1067.0
6. Varda Pomona Corp.  560 East Holt Avenue  95.0 967.0 1062.0
7. ASHE Pomona LLC  1565 West Holt Avenue 90.0 965.5 1055.5
8. E7 Pomona LLC  1476 West Holt Avenue  92.5 961.0 1053.5
9. Cortessa Pomona LLC  728 East Mission Boulevard  82.5 969.0 1051.5
10. DBO Investments POM, LLC 2776 North Garey Avenue  90.0 958.0 1048.0
11. AES Investment Group LLC dba Dr. Greenthumb Pomona 520 East Holt Avenue  95.0 941.5 1036.5
12. Eazy I Holdings, LLC  1483 West Holt Avenue  90.0 945.5 1035.5
13. Haven #6 LLC  1721 West Holt Avenue  85.0 943.0 1028.0
14. VGP Enterprises LLC  420 East Holt Avenue  77.5 946.5 1024.0
15. Sarene LLC  1928 West Holt Avenue  72.5 944.5 1017.0
16. California Dispensaries, Inc. dba Strains Dispensary 1940 West Holt Avenue 87.5 919.0 1006.5
17. New Culture Growth, Inc.  1515 West Holt Avenue  70.0 892.0 962.0

(Date of Posting: October 8, 2020)

 

Final Scoring of Microbusinesses 

(Download PDF version of table)

Rank Business Name Proposed Location  Phase 3 Points (out of 100)  Phase 4 Points (out of 1,000)  Total Points 
1. United Pomona dba New Generation 196 University Parkway  100.0 978.50 1078.50
2. Authentic 909 LLC  3207 Pomona Boulevard  87.5 989.00 1076.50
3. ASHE Pomona LLC  2547 Pomona Boulevard  90.0 967.83 1057.83
4. Green World Express Pomona Inc.  2720 Pomona Boulevard  85.0 931.00 1016.00
5. California Erudite Ventures 2845 Pomona Boulevard  90.0 921.67 1011.67

(Date of Posting: October 8, 2020) 

 

Fact Sheet for 2020 Cannabis-Related Ballot Initiatives 

 The City of Pomona has prepared a fact sheet for the two cannabis-related ballot initiatives that will be considered in the November 2020 local election. You may download a copy of the fact sheet below. 

Fact Sheet for 2020 Cannabis-Related Ballot Initiatives (English)

Hoja Informativa Iniciativas Electorales Relacionadas Con El Cannabis del 2020 

 

Phase 3: Public Meetings

Phase 3 of the four-phase CCPP permit application process is the Public Meeting. All applicants that scored at least 800 points in Phase 2, Initial Scoring, have been identified as Finalists and are eligible to participate in the Public Meeting.

 

Purpose of Public Meeting

The purpose of the Public Meeting is for Finalists to present their application to the community, and for the community to ask questions of the Finalist. This is not a public hearing. No decisions or award of CCPP permits will be made at a Public Meeting. Upon completion of all Public Meetings, the City will begin Phase 4, Final Scoring. This will include a 100-point evaluation of the Finalist’s performance at the Public Meeting. Decisions or award of CCPP permits can only be made upon the conclusion of all four phases. As this is an active four-phase process, the City will not be releasing applications to the general public. The Public Meeting itself serves as the formal venue for the Finalist to present their application for questions from the community.

We encourage all interested parties to review the Public Meeting Guidelines (updated 7-25-2020) to understand the rules and format of public meetings, how individuals can submit comments and ask questions, and how Finalists will be evaluated.

 

Types of Permits

There are two permit types that may be presented at a Public Meeting, defined as follows:

"Microbusiness" means a commercial cannabis business that is engaged in at least three of the following four activities: storefront retail, indoor cultivation up to 10,000 square feet of canopy, distribution, and non-volatile manufacturing. It is considered a "vertically integrated" business model. The City is issuing up to two permits for Microbusiness citywide.

"Storefront Retailer" means a commercial cannabis business that is engaged in storefront retail activity with ancillary delivery. The City is issuing up to two permits for Storefront Retailer citywide. Delivery may not be permitted in the City unless it's ancillary as part of one of these two potential permits. 

 

Participating in Public Meetings

All meetings will be conducted virtually through Zoom, a free video chat service. After the completion of all public meetings, recordings will be posted online. To participate in a Public Meeting, you will need to Register. Please review the Public Meeting Schedule below and click the Registration link for the meeting that you would like to attend. Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail with a unique link and password to the Zoom webinar. In the webinar, you will be allowed to ask a question by either using the written "Q/A" button or the verbal "Raise Hand" feature. Questions are limited to 100 written words or 60 seconds of verbal comment. Finalists will be allowed up to 2 minutes to respond to individual questions. You may also provide written comment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the public meeting date, time, and Applicant name in either the subject or body of the e-mail. Written comments will be included in the Applicant's public meeting record and provided to the City for consideration in the Phase 3 and 4 process. 

Finalists are required to notify all owners and occupants located within 1,000 feet of the proposed location at least 10 days prior to the public meeting. Please review the Bilingual Public Notification Template which was used for all Public Meetings.

 

Public Meeting Schedule

The City has completed public meetings and each meeting is currently under evaluation. Please follow the links below to view recordings of these meetings. Please note that each recording includes a searchable transcript generated by artificial intelligence, which has not been reviewed or modified by City staff; therefore, please excuse any typos or errors in transcription. 

 

Saturday, July 25, 2020 

11:15 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.
Business Name: Authentic 909 LLC 
Permit Type: Microbusiness 
Proposed Location: 3207 Pomona Boulevard
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Business Name: ASHE Pomona LLC
Permit Type: Microbusiness
Proposed Location: 2547 Pomona Boulevard 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. 
Business Name: United Pomona dba New Generation
Permit Type: Microbusiness 
Proposed Location: 196 University Parkway 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

4:15 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. 
Business Name: Sarene LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1928 West Holt Avenue
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. 
Business Name: California Dispensaries, Inc. dba Strains Dispensary
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1940 West Holt Avenue
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

6:45 P.M. to 7:45 P.M.
Business Name: HPC of Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 2400 Valley Boulevard
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Business Name: DBO Investments POM, LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 2776 North Garey Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

5:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.
Business Name: California Erudite Ventures
Permit Type: Microbusiness
Proposed Location: 2845 Pomona Boulevard
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. 
Business Name: Green World Express Pomona 
Permit Type: Microbusiness 
Proposed Location: 2720 Pomona Boulevard 
Click Here to Register for this Public Meeting
CANCELLED

7:45 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. 
Business Name: Cortessa Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 728 East Mission Boulevard
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. 
Business Name: Coastal Retail Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 560 East Holt Avenue 
Click Here to Register for this Public Meeting
CANCELLED

4:15 P.M. to 5:15 P.M.
Business Name: VGP Enterprises LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer 
Proposed Location: 420 East Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. 
Business Name: AES Investment Group LLC dba Dr. Greenthumb Pomona
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer 
Proposed Location: 520 East Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

6:45 P.M. to 7:45 P.M. 
Business Name: Varda Pomona Corp.
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer 
Proposed Location: 560 East Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. 
Business Name: EEL-Pomona dba Connected-Pomona
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer 
Proposed Location: 454 East Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 
Business Name: Harvest of Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1470 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

11:15 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.
Business Name: Authentic 909 LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1605 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Business Name: New Culture Growth, Inc.
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1515 West Holt Avenue
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Business Name: Kindred Empowerment Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer 
Proposed Location: 1542 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. 
Business Name: E7 Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1476 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

4:15 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. 
Business Name: ASHE Pomona LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1565 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Business Name: Haven #6 LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1721 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

6:45 P.M. to 7:45 P.M. 
Business Name: Eazy I Holdings, LLC 
Permit Type: Storefront Retailer
Proposed Location: 1483 West Holt Avenue 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 

5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. 
This meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Business Name: Green World Express Pomona 
Permit Type: Microbusiness 
Proposed Location: 2720 Pomona Boulevard 
Click here to view the recording of this meeting

 

Results of Phase 2: Initial Scoring

The City’s third-party evaluator, HdL Companies, has completed all evaluations for Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP) applications received by the City of Pomona. The results are available to the general public for download below, rank ordered by score, with the business name provided as listed on the cover sheet of the application. 7/17 Update: Please note that the rank ordering is for communication purposes only, and that any score above 800 is an equally eligible Finalist, as all Finalists will be re-scored out of 1,100 points by City staff in Phase 4: Final Scoring. Initial Scores from HdL will not be added to Final Scoring and will only be used by City staff as a point of reference. 

The City received 31 applications: 24 for Storefront Retail, and 7 for Microbusiness. Applicants that scored 800 points or higher out of 1,000 will be invited to participate in Phase 3 and 4 of the evaluation.

Results of Phase 2 Scoring (Microbusiness)

Results of Phase 2 Scoring (Storefront Retailer)

 

Phase 1: Application Intake Summary Statistics 

The application period ended at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30. We appreciate the time and effort that each applicant put forth in submitting an application to open cannabis-related businesses in the City of Pomona. We recognize that this process was made more complex by COVID-19, and so we want to extend our appreciation for working through the digital submission process. We would like to share some summary statistics and a timeline for the program. For questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City of Pomona has received 31 unique applications for its Commercial Cannabis Permit Program.

When organized by permit type: 24 of the 31 applications are for STOREFRONT RETAILER, of which there are 2 permits available to award. 7 of the 31 the applications are for MICROBUSINESS, of which there are 2 permits available to award. No applications were received for the four available permits for individual manufacturing, testing, distribution, and indoor cultivation.

When organized by sub area: 23 applications represent SUBAREA 1; 1 application represents SUBAREA  2; 7 applications represent SUBAREA 3; No applications were received for SUBAREA 4.

When organized by parcel: 26 unique locations are represented, which means that 5 locations include one or more applicant.

When organized by applicant: 29 unique applicants submitted, which means two applicants have submitted for multiple license types.

74 zoning verification letters were issued.

The Point of Contact is now organizing applications to move on to Phase Two. The City expects to receive initial scores back from HDL in mid to late June, at which point it will announce Finalists. Finalist community meetings (Phase Three) are expected in July, and Final Scoring (Phase Four) is expected in August. At this time, the City of Pomona expects to award permits by September.

 

COVID-19 Update

This is an update on the Commercial Cannabis Permit Program. We have officially launched the program starting March 17, 2020 and applications are due by April 20April 30. In light of the public health concerns related to COVID-19, we’d like to make the following updates:

  1. The application deadline has been extended to 6:00 P.M., Thursday, April 30
  2. We have shifted from “physical submissions only” to “electronic submissions only.” Please review the updated Implementation Guide, linked below. Zoning Verification forms will be accepted electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Completed applications will be submitted via Dropbox and telephone appointment; each applicant will be issued a unique upload link upon confirmation of their submittal appointment. Absolutely no physical submissions will be accepted.
  3. Appointments for applications will take place by telephone or video conference only, and can be scheduled by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Absolutely no in-person appointments will be scheduled. 
  4. As our Points of Contact may be teleworking during this time, we strongly encourage you to “e-mail first, call second,” as it may take us a bit longer to field calls and voicemails remotely.
  5. All application forms are available to download. We strongly encourage you to complete the Zoning Verification Form as the first step as soon as possible. 
  6. Once the City's Point of Contact has taken in an application, an invoice will be generated and sent to the Applicant's Point of Contact identified in the cover sheet. All application payments will be accepted using one of the following methods:
  • Mail to City of Pomona, 505 S. Garey Ave., Box 660, Pomona, CA 91769
  • Place in silver drop box in the east parking lot of City Hall; Please only submit check or money order payments

Thanks, and stay safe! 

 

Background

The Commercial Cannabis Permit Program (CCPP) is a merit-based permitting program for all commercial cannabis businesses operating in the City of Pomona. The City has not yet issued licenses under this program. The CCPP will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis permits on 7:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. We encourage all prospective applicants to review the information below for guidance on how to apply, rules and regulations, and contact information. 

 

Point of Contact

The City's designated points of contact for the CCPP are: 

Ata Khan, Supervising Planner
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
909/620-3765

Anita D. Gutierrez, MPL, AICP, Director of Development Services
909/620-2421

Please direct all questions to these points of contact exclusively. If they are unable to assist you, a different point of contact will be assigned to you. 

 

Implementation Guide & Memos

The "Implementation Guide" and "Memos" serve as the set of rules, regulations, standards, and policies governing the CCPP, as authorized under Sec. 68-9(j) and Sec. 68-34(b-d). Additional clarifications on these guidelines may also be found through FAQs and stand alone guidelines on this page, uploaded on an as-needed basis as the Points of Contact navigate the four-phase permit process.

CCPP Implementation Guide (updated 7/24)
CCPP Memo No. 2020-01 (Designating CCPP Evaluators)
CCPP Memo No. 2020-02 (Designation of Phase 3 Evaluator)
CCPP Memo No. 2020-03 (Designation of Phase 4 Evaluators)

 

Equity Applicants

The CCPP offers a waiver of Phase 1-4 application fees for any applicant that qualifies as an Equity Applicant. An equity applicant must meet all of the following criteria: 

1. Has lived in the City of Pomona for the past five years.

2. Has a cannabis-related conviction on file.

3. Has 51% or greater ownership stake in the proposed commercial cannabis business. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to download the Equity Applicant form below, attach all relevant documents, and submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Point of Contact will verify the information and issue a determination within three business days. 

Equity Applicant Form

 

Application Forms 

3/24/2020 Update: All application forms are now available to download. 

3/17/2020 Update: Due to the ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, we are shifting all submissions to electronic-only. As stated in the Implementation Guide, Step #1 is submitting a Zoning Verification Form. You may download that form below. The remainder of the application forms are being uploaded by Thursday, March 19,Monday, March 23, as we adjust to new telework processes at City Hall. 

3/16/2020 Update: As stated in the Implementation Guide, Step #1 is submitting a Zoning Verification Form, which will be accepted electronic-only. Please expect that form to be available by mid-day Tuesday, March 17. The remainder of the forms will be available by Thursday, March 19, as we adjust to new telework processes at City Hall. 

3/12/2020 Update: We expect to have all application forms available by Tuesday, March 17, to coincide with the launch of the program. In light of public health concerns related to COVID-19, we will shift Zoning Verification Form applications from physical submissions by appointment only to electronic submissions only

Application Instructions: Please note that each application form is a fill-in PDF. All applicants must use the fill-in feature. Handwritten/printed answers will not be accepted. If you have difficulty completing the fill-in PDF, please communicate with the Point of Contact. Each question on the application form may include a note allowing for an attachment, or a specific number of additional pages. If a question does not state this option, you are limited to the fill-in text box on the page. Please do not attach extra pages to the application unless explicitly allowed in the form.

  1. Zoning Verification Form 
  2. Equity Applicant
  3. Cover Sheet
  4. Qualifications 
    (updated 4/14 to remove "multi-line" formatting on Ownership lines, updated 4/2 to clarify definition of "Owner") 
  5. Operations 
    (updated 4/14 to correct font size from "Auto" to "10" on Transportation, Question #2 and Manufacturing Question #3)
  6. Security Plan
  7. Environmental Benefits (updated 4/14 to clarify Air Quality Plan components)
  8. Labor and Employment Plan  (updated 4/21 to clarify Collective Bargaining Agreement does not include intent statement, updated 4/14 to clarify Collective Bargaining Agreement points, page limits, and remove "scroll long text" formatting on Living Wage question) 
  9. Neighborhood Integration Plan
  10. Public Benefits  (updated 4/23 to clarify definition of recipient of public benefits as sensitive uses as defined in Business Ordinance, and add language discouraging applicant contact with sensitive uses).

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

We encourage you to download the FAQ below prior to starting an application. If you have a question that is not answered in this document, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CCPP Frequently Asked Questions (updated 4/2) 

 

Application Workshops 

We will be hosting two workshops to walk through the application process and to answer any questions. We strongly encourage your attendance as it will be a good opportunity to dive into the application process before it launches. 

Workshop #1 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6PM 
City Council Chambers
505 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Audio of Workshop #1 (starts at 2:30, ends at 56:30)

Copy of Slide Presentation at Workshop #1 (any corrections are found in red)

Workshop #2
Thursday, March 19, 2020
6PM
City Council Chambers
505 S. Garey Ave. 
Pomona, CA 91768 
*UPDATE: As a matter of public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the workshop has been cancelled. Please refer to the audio and slides from Workshop #1 above. 

 

Zoom Webinar 

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3:00 P.M. 

Click here for link to recorded Zoom session

 

CCPP Zoning Map 

You may access the CCPP Overlay District map, which identifies all locations where commercial cannabis related uses are permitted, by downloading the maps as a PDF or navigating a web-based interactive GIS application. 

 

All Adopted Documents Related to CCPP 

There are several actions that have been taken by the City Council of the City of Pomona to formalize the CCPP. We encourage you to review each of these documents to get a better understanding of the context and background of this program. 

 

Ordinance 4254, also known as the Tax Ordinance, established the tax structure for commercial cannabis in the City of Pomona. 

 

Ordinance No. 4257, also known as the Business Ordinance, established the merit-based process for awarding commercial cannabis permits, and established the regulations pertaining to commercial cannabis in the City of Pomona. 

 

Ordinance No. 4273, also known as the CCPP Overlay District, established the zoning of parcels where commercial cannabis related land uses may locate in the City of Pomona. It is accompanied by a map, which can be accessed by PDF or through interactive GIS 

 

Resolution No. 2019-159, also known as the Process Integrity Standards, established rules to prevent lobbying and unfairness in the CCPP permit award process, including rules pertaining to contact of Mayor or City Council members, gifts, and campaign contributions. 

 

Resolution No. 2019-2016 established the maximum number of CCPP permits issued at eight, which includes two (2) storefront retailer, two (2) microbusiness, and four (4) in any combination of manufacturing, testing, or indoor cultivation. 

 
Planning Division Forms

All forms related to Planning applications can be found below.

 

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