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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

April 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Hearing Room
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

Meeting Documentation


Meeting No.: 19-06

Roll Call
Greg Carr
Larry Reed
Paula Cook
Cameron Mauritson
Pam Davis, Chair

Staff Members
Milan Nevajda
Daniel Hoffman              
Arielle Kohn, Secretary  
Jennifer Klein, Deputy County Counsel

  • 1:00 PM Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance. Please Be Courteous – Turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.
  • Approval of Minutes – N/A
  • Correspondence
  • Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions
  • Commissioner Announcements/Disclosures

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time:1:20 PM
File Number: UPC17-0102
Applicant: Shawn Webber, Sweetwater Pharms, Inc.
Owner: Timothy and Kim Arnold
Continued From: N/A
Staff: Daniel Hoffman
Env Doc:

Categorically exempt per Section 15303(c) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) as the project would involve an increase in operations within the confines of an existing facility, involving only a negligible expansion of use and minor construction, including interior tenant improvements and a future building of approximately 9,600 square feet, which is less than the 10,000-square-foot threshold for new construction, where public services are available and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive.


Request for a five-year limited-term Use Permit for Medium Indoor commercial cultivation with a canopy of up to 21,862 square feet, to be implemented in two phases on a 2.67-acre industrially zoned property. The Phase I use will occur within an existing 12,353-square-foot warehouse building and would include 9,862 square feet of two-tiered, stacked, cultivation canopy along with nursery/manufacturing/ancillary operations (i.e., drying and trimming and office space). Phase II includes the future construction of a 9,600-square-foot building to be located north of the existing building and would house an additional 12,000 square feet of indoor cannabis cultivation (stacked in two-tiers), along with an additional 3,600 square feet of support space for storage, research, and development.


1388 Copperhill Parkway, Santa Rosa



District: 4

Heavy Industrial (M2), Valley Oak Habitat (VOH)


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Item Number: 2
Time:2:00 PM
File Number: UPC17-0015
Applicant: William Disbrow 
Owner: William Disbrow 
Continued From: N/A
Staff: Daniel Hoffman
Env Doc:

Categorically Exempt under CEQA Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land).


Request for a Five-Year limited-term Use Permit for Medium Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation on an 88.58-acre parcel.


31800 Pine Mountain Road, Cloverdale



District: 4

Resources and Rural Development District (RRD 240), Combining District (B6), Riparian Corridor (RC 50/50) 


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

ADA Accessibility – The County of Sonoma does not discriminate on the basis of disability and no person shall, by reason of a disability, be denied the benefits of its services, programs, or activities. This hearing is located in an accessible facility. If you wish to request a copy of the Agenda in an alternate format, or would like to attend this meeting and will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact Arielle Kohn at (707) 565-1947 or at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Public Appearances – The Board of Zoning Adjustments invites public participation regarding the affairs of the County. Any person desiring to speak on any matter which is not scheduled on this agenda may do so. Public Comments on items not listed on the agenda may be held from 1:05 PM to 1:25 PM with the balance of comments at the end of the agenda. Comments may be limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair. Under State Law, matters presented during public appearances cannot be discussed or acted upon by the Board of Zoning Adjustments members. 

Items scheduled on the agenda – In order to expedite the meeting, it is requested that you fill out a speaker card before speaking.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments also invites interested persons to submit written comments and presentation, which will be entered into the permanent record. Written comments and presentations may be submitted prior to the meeting by mail addressed to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. You may also hand-deliver comments and presentations to the above address. Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the Board of Zoning Adjustments after distribution of the Agenda packet are available for public inspection at the above address. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Thursday and Friday.

Uncontested Calendar – All items listed on the uncontested calendar are considered to be routine. The Chair will open the public hearing on all items simultaneously. If no one from the public addresses the Board, the hearing will be closed and the items may be acted upon with a single majority vote.

Public Hearings are conducted at the time stated on the agenda, or after the stated time if another item takes longer. County staff will first give a brief report, followed by the applicant’s presentation not to exceed 10 minutes.

Agenda Posting – Public engagement is an important part of the County of Sonoma’s permitting and land use decision making process. You are invited to view the online meeting agendas for upcoming meetings and attend public meetings to participate in this public process. The Planning Agency, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting agendas are posted at least 3 days prior to public meetings. When possible, we aim to post them further in advance.

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. The meetings are recorded and all testimony must be given through the microphone or submitted in writing. Please state your name and address upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing.

Please be respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn. At the end of the hearing, the applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to the comments received. The Chair will close the public hearing and once the hearing is closed, no further public comments can be received. The Commission will then discuss the issues and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.

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