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Planning Agency Meeting

July 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

The Planning Agency is made up of the Commissioners on both the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments. The Planning Agency also holds joint meetings. Topics can include discussion of planning issues, policies, new information, and staff review of the status of certain programs or projects.

Agenda

Meeting No.: 20-03

The July 30, 2020 Planning Agency meeting will be facilitated virtually through Zoom.

In accordance with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 the July 30, 2020 Planning Agency meeting will be held virtually.

Members of the Public May NOT Attend this Meeting in Person

Roll Call
Greg Carr
Dick Fogg
Larry Reed
Todd Tamura
Paula Cook
Komron Shahhosseini
Ariel Kelley
Cameron Mauritson
Pamela Davis
John Lowry

Staff Members
Scott Orr
Arielle Wright, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting using one of the two following methods:

  1. Join the Zoom meeting application on your computer, tablet or smartphone: Go to:
    https://sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/98417757097?pwd=dXcvUlYxUkZKTFVNYTNjTmZEV0lpZz09
    Password: 442515

  2. Call-in and listen to the meeting: Dial +1 (669) 900-9128
    Enter meeting ID: 984 1775 7097
    Enter password: 442515

Public Comments:

Email Public Comment: To submit a public comment to the Planning Agency email PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org. Please provide your name, the agenda number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to the Commissioners and Project Staff.

Public Comment Using Zoom: Members of the public who join the Zoom meeting, either through the Zoom app or by calling in, will be able to provide live public comment at specific points throughout the meeting.

Disabled Accommodation:If you have a disability which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please contact Arielle Wright at 1+ (707) 565-1947 or by email PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

The rules for public observation and comment supersede and replace the standard provisions (below) for the duration of the public health emergency.

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 would like to attend this meeting and will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact Arielle Wright at +1 (707) 565-1947 or by email PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

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.

Planning Agency Report: Actions of the Board

Public Appearances – The Planning Agency invites public participation regarding the affairs of the County. Any person desiring to speak on any matter which is not scheduled on this agenda may do so. Public Comments on items not listed on the agenda may be held from 1:05 PM to 1:25 PM with the balance of comments at the end of the agenda. Comments may be limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair. Under State Law, matters presented during public appearances cannot be discussed or acted upon by the Planning Agency members.

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. The meetings are recorded and all testimony must be given through the microphone or submitted in writing. Please state your name and address upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing.

Please be respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn. At the end of the hearing, the applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to the comments received. The Chair will close the public hearing and once the hearing is closed, no further public comments can be received. The Commission will then discuss the issues and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.


Topics of Discussion

Please note, the first two topics will be staff updates to the Planning Agency on the status of planning projects of high interest. No public hearings will be held, and no actions will be taken.
  • 1:05 pm Update from Staff: Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC)
    Scott Orr, Deputy Director of Planning
    Emmanuel Ursu, SDC Project Manager
  • 1:30 pm Update from Staff: Cannabis Ordinance
    Niki Berrocal, Deputy County Administrator
  • 2:00 pm Planning Agency Discussion: Refresher on bylaws
    Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel
Link to meeting materials: https://files.sonoma-county.org/link/VJtho2EyWBA/

*The next Planning Agency meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 29, 2020

Permit Sonoma Hearing Waiver Calendar

Note: This calendar serves only to notify the public of hearing waiver projects. The projects listed below are NOT on the current agenda.

During the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order additional accommodations for digital file review and time extensions of the waiver period are available by contacting the project planner.

File: UPC18-0053
Project Name:Somner Cannabis Use Permit
Applicant: Steven and Candace Somner
Staff:Lauren Scott
Location: 

6029 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

APN:090-240-022
Project Description: 

Request for a Use Permit for 43,560 square feet (1 acre) of outdoor cannabis cultivation on a 59.55+/- acre parcel. No onsite processing is proposed, and no buildings or impervious surfaces would be constructed for the operation. Outdoor cultivation activities are permitted 24 hours per day, seven days a week as needed, although generally employee hours and site operations will occur from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. All deliveries and shipping activities shall be limited from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, year-round. There will be a maximum of two (2) full-time employees associated with the use, all of whom will be 21 years of age or older. The project site will be closed to the public. The project would involve seasonal cultivation in above-ground pots of an area constituting less than two percent of the property and no grading, removal of healthy scenic trees, construction of new buildings, or placement of impervious surfaces would occur.

Last Day for Public Comment:

August 3,2020

ADA AccessibilityThe 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 would like to attend this meeting and will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact staff at (707) 565-1947 or PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Public Appearances – The Planning Agency invites public participation regarding the affairs of the County. Any person desiring to speak on any matter which is not scheduled on this agenda may do so. Public Comments on items not listed on the agenda may be held from 1:05 PM to 1:25 PM with the balance of comments at the end of the agenda. Comments may be limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair. Under State Law, matters presented during public appearances cannot be discussed or acted upon by the Planning Agency members.

Items scheduled on the agenda – In order to expedite the meeting, it is requested that you fill out a speaker card before speaking.

This hearing body also invites interested persons to submit written comments and presentation which will be entered into the permanent record. Written comments and presentations may be submitted prior to the meeting by mail addressed to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. You may also hand-deliver comments and presentations to the above address. Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to this hearing body after distribution of the Agenda packet are available for public inspection at the above address. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 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.

Public Hearings are conducted at the time stated on the agenda, or after the stated time if another item takes longer. County staff will first give a brief report, followed by the applicant’s presentation not to exceed 10 minutes.

Agenda Posting – Public engagement is an important part of the County of Sonoma’s permitting and land use decision making process. You are invited to view the online meeting agendas for upcoming meetings and attend public meetings to participate in this public process. The Planning Agency, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting agendas are posted at least 3 days prior to public meetings. When possible, we aim to post them further in advance.

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. The meetings are recorded and all testimony must be given through the microphone or submitted in writing. Please state your name and address upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing.

Please be respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn. At the end of the hearing, the applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to the comments received. The Chair will close the public hearing and once the hearing is closed, no further public comments can be received. The Commission will then discuss the issues and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.

If you wish to speak on an item under discussion by this hearing body which appears on this agenda, you may do so upon receiving recognition from the Chairperson. State your name and address for the record before making your presentation. All hearings are taped. Time limitations on public testimony are limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair.

Contact Information

Meeting Location 

Board of Supervisors Chambers

575 Administration Drive

Room 102-A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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