- The City of Fresno’s Planning Commission met on Nov. 2, 2022, and voted 4-0 to approve the planned development of Haven, a new retail cannabis dispensary in Fresno. The development is located on Blackstone and Belmont Avenues. Many representatives were present at the meeting, in support of the company’s pledge to give back to the Fresno community.
- Nearby business owners came to show support for the project and said that it will help beautify the area, as well as attract more business traffic.
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The meeting is called to order at 6:01 pm with two members absent.
Pledge of allegiance led by Chairman Peter Vang. The agenda was approved. Motion by Commissioner Hardie passed.
Commissioner Wagner is now present.
In Discussion: Consideration of Conditional Use Permit No. P22-01492 and Related Environmental finding for Environmental Assessment No. P22-01492. Application Process for a Cannabis Retail Business on Belmont & Blackstone Ave.
George Shepherd – A Fresno resident for 44 years and owner of Haven says, “All members of the community had the opportunity to comment on cannabis projects multiple times, and only 1 person has spoken up as opposed to the project."
Applicant shares that the new building will enhance the neighborhood and encourage high-end businesses to open in the area.
Chairman Peter Vang questions if there were any oppositions at the open house, Johnnie Hernandez answers that there was no negative feedback.
Public Comment: Courtney, a former resident of Fresno, praises Haven for their service of giving back to the community. Courtney says that money was donated to Fresno Unified School District to purchase headsets for students.
Public Comment via Zoom: Joshua Tims, Vice President of Haven, “We are grateful and look forward to giving back to the community of Fresno."
Commissioner Diaz questions if all hires will be local residents. Hernandez says that Haven strives to hire local residents. "Over 500 applications were received for our one location, however, the applicants must be willing to give back to the community."
Business neighbors showed their support and say that Haven will bring more business traffic and security to the area of Fresno. The new business will also help beautify the area.
The motion passes in a vote of 4-0.
The meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m. The next Fresno Planning Commission is scheduled for November 16.
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