The Project Review section reviews new development proposals for conformance with the County's General Plan and Zoning Code Regulations. They also evaluate environmental impacts of private development proposals and coordinate with other Permit Sonoma divisions, such as building and engineering, to ensure that standards for building safety and water resources are incorporated into new development.
The primary function of Comprehensive Planning is to develop and implement the Sonoma County General Plan, Local Coastal Plan and other adopted Area Plans or Specific Plans. In addition Comprehensive Planning staff work on special projects as directed by the Board of Supervisors and working in collaboration with other agencies and departments as community liaisons on many public projects and policy initiatives.
The Natural Resources section, formerly Environmental Review, evaluates the environmental impact of public projects, such as bridges, roads, and airport projects, to comply with the CEQA and other laws and regulations that protect water quality, biotic and cultural resources. Natural Resources staff also prepares EIRs for private projects.