APPLICATION EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
All applications submitted will undergo a robust review and will be subject to a merit based evaluation and selection process as follows:
PHASE I: DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY
During Phase I, applications will be reviewed for completeness and compliance against the submittal requirements listed above. Applications that are incomplete or received late will automatically be disqualified. Initial application screening results will be available for review on this page.
PHASE II: SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT EVALUATION
During Phase II, the City’s contracted independent subject matter expert will score each application using the following merit-based criteria for the purpose of establishing a preliminary qualification.
- A. Business Plan (200 points)
- B. Labor & Local Enterprise Plan (100 points)
- C. Safety Plan (100 points)
- D. Security Plan (100 points)
- E. Neighborhood Compatability Plan (200 points)
- F. Location (100 points)
- G. Community Benefits Plan (200 points)
Notice of the results of Phase II will be provided in writing via email to the primary contact listed on the application.
PHASE III: SELECTION COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS AND RANKING
During Phase III, the Selection Committee (two City Council appointed designees, the City Manager, the Police Chief and the Community Development Director) will receive the applicant score cards from Phase II, and use them to assist in their review to force rank applicants against each other, evaluating the categories listed above, as well as the applicant interview, and perceived fit for the community.
Upon the completion of Phase III, the Selection Committee will create a ranking which will form the basis of the selection. The purpose of the rankings is to produce an Eligibility List, which the Selection Committee will use to make the final determination for the Provisional Retail License. This list will also be used in the event that an Applicant awarded a license is disqualified or is unable to continue in the process for any reason.
The City reserves the right to request and obtain additional information from any candidate who advanced to Phase IV. The Selection Committee’s selection of the prevailing applicant shall be final. Unsuccessful applicants shall have the right to appeal in accordance with PGMC, Section 1.19.
PHASE IV: FINAL REVIEW BY CITY MANAGER AND AWARDING OF PROVISIONAL LICENSE
Prior to the Issuance of the provisional Cannabis Retail License, the City shall require the Applicant to certify that all information in the application remains accurate and that the Applicant agrees to abide by all laws, rules, ordinances, resolutions, and codes applicable to the business. In addition, the City Manager shall execute the Community Benefit Agreement with the successful Applicant. Once the provisional Cannabis License has been issued, the applicant can then begin to work with the City's Community Development Department on their use and building permits. The provisional Cannabis Retail License does not constitute a land use entitlement and does not waive or remove the requirements of applying for and receiving permits for all construction including: electrical, plumbing, fire, planning permits or reviews, and any other permits, licenses, or reviews as may be required by the relevant departments or governmental entities in charge of said permits. Nor does it guarantee that the plans submitted via the application process meet the standards or requirements of Ordinance 20-022 or any other permit requirements from other City departments or agencies.