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October 2018

Tennis Wick, Permit Sonoma Director Welcome to Permit Sonoma!

In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

Tennis Wick, AICP, Director

Published: October 31, 2018

Housing for All

the word home with a keyOn October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Zoning Code to expand opportunities for housing development in designated urban service areas. The changes will become effective on November 22, 2018. They allow for a new housing type called Cottage Housing Developments that will allow several small cottages to be built on a single lot in the style, scale, and size of single-family homes. Cottage housing developments are limited within the areas affected by the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires, as follows:

  • Glen Ellen – one cottage housing development allowed per 400 foot radius
  • Larkfield – prohibited within the burn area at this time

The approved housing initiatives also introduce new simplified development standards for multi-family development, including a new density unit equivalent concept that will encourage the development of more, smaller units but provide for the same number of people on a per-acre basis. As well, the changes establish a new Workforce Housing Combining District to allow higher density housing near jobs and transit.

Also included in this package were improved protections for rental housing through a condominium conversion ordinance and protections for residents in rental mobile home parks when a park is converted to an ownership park. None of the Code changes are applicable within city limits, or in the coastal zone.

Visit the Housing Initiatives website for news and more information on Permit Sonoma’s housing work, and email HousingInitiatives@sonoma-county.org with any questions.

Raise the Roof! West County Housing Fair

Housing Fair Raise the Roof West County, November 4, 2018, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM, Sebastopol Community Cultural CenterPermit Sonoma staff will participate in this weekend’s housing fair sponsored by the City of Sebastopol and County of Sonoma. The event takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM. It is free and open to all residents of the greater Sebastopol area. Free childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

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Septic System Policy Updates

SepticThe County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma hosted 6 community meetings in September and October to educate the public and collect feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual. Feedback has also been welcomed throughout the process through written and electronic comment forms, as well as an on-line survey available in both English and Spanish.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss these revised septic standards at their November 13, 2018 meeting.

More information on the OWTS Manual update

Contact Information

Maggie Fleming
Communications Manager
Permit and Resource Management Department
County of Sonoma
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