Marijuana grow approved, processing denied

Florida-based Kaya Holdings, Inc. will be allowed to produce marijuana on the 26-acre property they purchased at 34225 Kowitz Road. Their application to process marijuana was denied.

The Linn County Planning and Building Department found their proposed marijuana production operation is a farm use consistent with county code.

The department denied the application for a conditional use permit for marijuana processing because it does not comply with county code.

The department issued it’s decision on April 20 and mailed notifications to the applicant and to the 20 people who submitted comments to the county about the land use.

Kaya Holdings has until 5 p.m. on May 4 to appeal the decision. There is a $250 filing fee to appeal.


In September of 2017, Kaya Holdings, Inc. announced plans to establish a marijuana grow and manufacturing facility at the 26-acre property they purchased at 34225 Kowitz Road.

They submitted their site plan review application to the county on Feb. 9.

The proposed use of the property was listed as an “OLCC licensed marijuana farm.” The company plans to build two approximately 25,000 square-foot buildings for indoor growing and one 15,000 square-foot building for marijuana processing, according to the application.

They also plan to build 10 outdoor “hoop houses or greenhouses” which will be approximately 3,600 square feet each.

The application notes that Kaya Holdings initially intends to build five or six of the hoop houses, one of the 25,000 square foot buildings and the 15,000 square foot processing building.

Outdoor hours of operation are listed as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The company plans to employ eight to 10 full-time employees and six to 8 part-time employees.

Anticipated vehicle traffic includes an ATV with trailer, farm tractor, lawn maintenance equipment, personal vehicles, light farming vehicles, machines and tools.

The application states that the septic system would only be used for wastewater from the bathroom, clothes cleaning and the employee shower facility.

“No wastewater from cannabis production and processing (is) anticipated, but if any (is) produced it would be collected and picked up by (a) local waste management contractor and have zero effect on the ecological infrastructure,” according to the application.

The application also states that Kaya Holdings will require OLCC licenses for producing and processing marijuana and a separate conditional use approval from Linn County.

The company has retained Eugene-based architectural design firm Willard C. Dixon Architect, LLC “to design and assist with developing the company’s cultivation and manufacturing facilities,” according to a Nov. 16, 2017 news release.

According to the release, the company will use “a mix of indoor and greenhouse cultivation, once fully developed, we anticipate will yield in excess of 4,500 pounds of top-quality marijuana annually.”

The company planned to expand production capabilities with brands in “oils, vape cartridges, concentrates, a selection of edibles, and infused creams and lotions.”

Kaya Holdings, Inc. is a public company that trades on the OTCQB exchange under the symbol KAYS.

Companies that trade on that exchange are required to file reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.