Pastoral fields just outside Livermore could sprout the Tri-Valley’s first legal marijuana farm, should officials approve plans to build a greenhouse and cultivation facilities on a 98-acre property in unincorporated Alameda County.
According to public records from Alameda County, Oasis Venture is seeking to construct a 32,000-square-foot greenhouse at 7033 Morgan Territory Road, about six miles outside downtown Livermore and several miles north of Las Positas College, with approximately 22,000 square feet of cannabis canopy, a 5,040-square-foot processing building with rooms for drying, trimming, storage, maintenance and office space, and 26 parking spaces. There is also a private residence on site currently occupied by long-time Livermore resident and Oasis founder Chuk Campos.
No retail sales or production of concentrates or extracts would be allowed at the site, which would be limited to growing and processing cannabis plants. Campos said so far 22 people are slated to work at the site but, according to county records, that number could grow to 30.
Documents state that if the project is approved, Oasis would be required to install video surveillance, motion-sensor lights, an 8-foot-high fence around the cultivation site, and have at least one security guard present at all times.
The company would also use “highly efficient electronic air purification systems” that reduce bacterial and microbial contaminants to mitigate odors. An on-site septic system with a 5,000-gallon sludge tank would also be added, and sludge would be hauled off-site each week.
Oasis applied for a cannabis cultivation permit in 2017 but was rejected by the Alameda County Community Development Agency. Complaints about potential odors and other concerns from neighbors had slowed the project down but Campos told the Weekly that “it’s never really stopped at all.”
“The county's done a fine job pulling this forward but sometimes the conservative approach makes some of us involved impatient but we understand,” Campos said. “It feels like nothing's happening but everything takes time.”
The company has raised eyebrows before among locals but made headlines more recently when Campos’ business partner Andrey Kukushkin was indicted in October on federal charges of conspiring to disguise contributions of $10,000 each to two candidates running for Nevada state office from an unnamed Russian businessman who sought to obtain licenses from cannabis businesses. Federal law prohibits campaign donations from foreign nationals. Kukushkin is still involved with the project, at least for the moment.
“I really don't want to comment about him but he has not been found guilty of any crime at this point so, yes, he is still involved,” Campos said. “Should he be found guilty, he's pledged to remove himself from the project.”
Campos said that groundbreaking could start later this spring and take four to five months to complete, if county officials greenlight the plan.
Residents have until Jan. 24 to weigh in on the project's the environmental impact report, which is available on the county website. Comments can be submitted to Sonia Urzua at the Alameda County Planning Department, 224 West Winton Ave., Suite 111, Hayward, CA 94544, or via email: email@example.com.