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Planning Commission Meeting

July 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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

Meeting Documentation


This Agenda Supersedes any Previously Posted

Roll Call
Dick Fogg
Todd Tamura
Komron Shahhosseini
Ariel Kelley
Pamela Davis, Chair

Staff Members
Jennifer Barrett
Blake Hillegas
Vanessa Starr
Arielle Kohn, Secretary
Leslie A. Thomsen, Deputy County Counsel

Item Number: 1
Time:1:30 PM
File Number: ORD18-0005
Staff: Blake Hillegas
Applicant: Permit and Resource Management (PRMD)
Owner: N/A
Continued from: N/A
Env Doc: This item is a clarification under existing law, and therefore, is not a project subject to CEQA
as defined in Section 15378 and it is also exempt under Section 15061(b)(3). No additional
CEQA review is required because the relevant permitted sites have already undergone
CEQA review. 
Proposal: Request to change Chapter 26A of the County Code to confirm and clarify that changes to
open space maps in 2012 do not retroactively trigger changes in requirements for existing
quarry permits and sites.
Location: Open space locations in Sonoma County.
APN: All
District: All
General Plan/SMARO: Section 26A-09-020(p) and Section 26A-09-040(d)
Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:


Commissioner: Fogg
Commissioner: Tamura
Commissioner: Shahhosseini
Commissioner: Kelley
Commissioner: Davis


Item Number: 2
Time:2:30 PM
File Number: PLP16-0011
Staff: Vanessa Starr
Applicant: Permit and Resource Management (PRMD)
Owner: County of Sonoma
Continued from: N/A
Env Doc: Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Cal. Code Regulations,
title 14, §§ 15301 (existing facilities), 15305 (minor alterations in land use limitations) and
15061(b)(3) (exempting activities where it can be seen with certainty that there is no
possibility that the activity may have an adverse effect on the environment).
Proposal: Amend the zoning code to allow hosted rentals, agricultural farmstays and marketing
accommodations in the three agricultural zones (LIA, LEA, and DA). Do not amend the
General Plan to allow vacation rentals, but allow existing permitted vacation rentals to be
recognized and run with the land with a minor use permit.
Location: Countywide
APN: Various
District: All

Chapter 26, Article 4 (Land Intensive Agriculture); Chapter 26, Article 6 (Land Extensive Agriculture); Chapter 26, Article 8 (Diverse Agriculture); Chapter 26, Article 88, Section 120 (Vacation Rentals)

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:


Commissioner: Fogg
Commissioner: Tamura
Commissioner: Shahhosseini
Commissioner: Kelley
Commissioner: Davis


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 Kohn at (707) 565-1947 or at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Public Appearances – The Planning Commission 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. Comments are 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 Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments members.

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

The Planning Commission 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 the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments 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.

Uncontested Calendar: All items listed on the uncontested calendar are considered to be routine. The Chair will open the public hearing on all items simultaneously. If no one from the public addresses the Board, the hearing will be closed and the items may be acted upon with a single majority vote.

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.

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 the speakers 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.

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