Permit Sonoma Newsletter
I’ve wanted a way to communicate directly with you about our agency’s business. An e-newsletter turns out to be the best medium. In Permit Sonoma, we will review our past challenges and successes and discuss issues the agency faces in the future. I hope you find it informative and look forward to your suggestions. – Tennis Wick, Director
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In this issue of our e-newsletter we have updates on rebuilding, new housing initiatives, the revised onsite waste treatment systems (OWTS) manual, and a new tool that allows you to schedule appointments at the Permit Center.
In the aftermath of the fire, Sonoma County faces an unprecedented need for housing and economic development. Permit Sonoma is changing the way we do business to meet this challenge. Please know this profound loss visited upon our community is not abstract to us. Members of our staff, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors lost their homes and have been displaced by the fire. So it’s personal for us, too. We live with the loss daily and appreciate that effective recovery means doing things better and faster…
In the September issue of our e-newsletter we give you a heads up about some changes coming soon to our website. We share tips for caring for your septic system, and we’ll showcase one of Sonoma County’s historic resources. Commissioner Dick Fogg shares his favorite place in the county in this month’s Planning Commissioner interview.
In this issue of our e-newsletter, we have an update on the County’s affordable housing projects. You’ll find out the latest on the model water efficient landscaping ordinance, and learn about Permit Sonoma’s pre-application process. And don’t miss an interview with Planning Commissioner Paula Cook.
In this issue of our e-newsletter, read an update on the Sonoma County Cannabis Program, discover a new mobile app to report complaints, and learn about the County’s role as a state-wide leader in utilizing by-right density bonuses as a regulatory incentive to create more affordable housing. And check out a snapshot of activities at the Permit Center this year, including the number of permits, inspections, customers, and revenue.
In this issue of our e-newsletter, we cover the County’s cannabis workshop series, junior accessory dwelling Units, and a new online tool for contractors. We report back on Permit Sonoma’s response to the winter flooding. And we’ve got an update on the local response to the statewide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
In this issue of our e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the maximum amount of pollutants permitted in the Russian River. Read about an upcoming public workshop on Coastal Sea-Level Rise and the approval of the Community Separators Protection Ordinance. And we’ll introduce you to the new Contractor Central app.
This month we’ll be looking at building codes, the medical cannabis land use ordinance, and new California land use planning laws. Keep reading and you’ll learn about an innovative trial compost toilet project and a tip for using the Permit Sonoma online permitting tool.