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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting


Roll Call

Larry Reed
Paula Cook
Ariel Kelley
Pamela Davis
Greg Carr, Chair

Staff Members

Jennifer Barrett
Brian Millar
Amanda Rhodes, Secretary
Leslie Thomsen, 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


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Commissioner Announcements/Disclosures

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time:1:05 PM
File Number:


Staff: Brian Millar
Applicant: Armando Ceja
Owner: Armando Ceja
Continued from: N/A
Env Doc: Negative Declaration

Modification to the original Armando Ceja Winery Conditional Use Permit (PLP09-0062) approved on October 28, 2010, which included the phased development of a new 40,000 case winemaking facility and 1,100 barrel micro-brewery with public tasting on a 41 acre parcel. The project modification proposes: (1) The permanent beer/wine tasting room in Building 'A' be dedicated exclusively to wine tasting; (2) The temporary tasting room in the Brewery Barn be made permanent and dedicated to grape-based distilled spirits tasting; (3) The temporary tasting room in the converted residence also be allowed to become permanent and dedicated to reserve wine tasting; and (4) A new 710 SF outdoor pavilion located east of Building ‘A’ for public use. There are no proposed changes to production or events.

Location: 2475 Fremont Drive, Sonoma
APN: 135-120-001
District: 5
Zoning: Diverse Agriculture (DA) B6 20-acre minimum lot size, Floodplain (F2), Scenic Resource (SR) and Valley Oak Habitat (VOH) Combining Districts
Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:


Commissioner Reed:
Commissioner Cook:
Commissioner Kelley:
Commissioner Davis:
Commissioner Carr:


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