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Design Review Committee Meeting

December 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM

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


Committee Members
Don MacNair
Jim Henderson
Derik Michaelson

City Members

Staff Members
Traci Tesconi

1:30 PM Public Appearances/Correspondence/Committee Reports

County Regular Item

Item Number: 1
Time:1:30 PM
File Number: DRH17-0013
Staff: Traci Tesconi
Applicant: Walt Wines/Jeff Zappelli
Owner: Walt Sonoma Winery, LLC
Continued from: N/A
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Request for Final Design Review for a previously approved and vested project of the Walt Wine Tasting room (formerly known as Best Family Winery) filed under PLP08-0029. Design Review for a single 30,000 square foot winery and tasting room building and a 5,000 square foot barrel cellar building, parking areas, and related site improvements.

The vested Use Permit maintains the approval for a 26,500 case winery (maximum annual production capacity), and a public tasting room open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00pm, with retail sales and tours; and including a total of 12 marketing dinners and/or luncheons per year with a maximum of 40 guests per event, and participation in four industry-wide events per year with a maximum of 150 guests. Dinners will be held until 9:00pm, with clean-up done by 10:00pm, and luncheons and industry-wide events will be held during tasting room hours.

The re-design maintains the butterfly garden, roof mounted solar panels, water conservation measures, and oak trees on the 7.61+/- acre parcel.


7917 and 7919 Occidental Rd., Sebastopol             



District: 5

DA (Diverse Agricultural), B6 10 acre density, LG/116 (Local Design Guidelines Highway 116/Scenic Corridor) and SR (Scenic Resources).        


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Appeal Deadline:
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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 attend this meeting and you will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact Chelsea Holup at (707) 565-6105 or at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements. 

Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the Design Review Committee after distribution of the Agenda packet are available for public inspection at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.

Applicants/Developers: When the Chair announces your item please come forward and be seated at the conference table and sign the attendance sheet. The Chair will first request a staff report. Next the Chair will ask you to make a brief presentation. Speak into the microphone, as all meetings are recorded.

Other Interested Persons: For projects which require public hearings pursuant to the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, the Chair will announce the opening of the public hearing. Upon recognition by the Chair, step forward to the podium, state your name, sign the attendance sheet and speak into the microphone as all meetings are recorded.

Committee Actions: At the conclusion of the developer’s presentation or applicable public hearing, the Committee will discuss the matter and the Chair will announce the Committee’s action.

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Chelsea Holup

Permit & Resource Management Department
County of Sonoma
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