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Roll Call
Greg Carr
Komron Shahhosseini
Ariel Kelley
Pam Davis
Larry Reed, Chair

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

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PUBLIC COMMENTS: Public Comment may be submitted via email. EMAIL PUBLIC COMMENT: To submit an emailed public comment to the Planning Commission email 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 (707) 565-1947 or by email by 12pm Wednesday, July 8 to ensure arrangements for accommodation.
The rules for public observation and comment supersede and replace the standard provisions (below) for the duration of the public health emergency.

The July 16, 2020 Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting will be facilitated virtually through Zoom. In accordance with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 the July 16, 2020 Board of Zoning Adjustments hearing will be held virtually.


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. NONE

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

DEIR, Go to:

Public Comments, Go To:

Item 1:
Time:1:20 PM
File: Estero Americano Trail Draft EIR
Applicant: Sonoma County Regional Parks
Owner:Albert and Joseph Bordessa
Staff: Richard Stabler
Continued From:N/A
Env Doc:Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
Proposal:The project would establish two pedestrian/hiker-only trail corridors with associated staging areas (trailheads/parking lots) that would allow for low-intensity public access to pursue outdoor, recreational, and educational uses. Future uses may include hiking, nature study, bird watching, sightseeing, picnicking, outdoor education, docent led tours, scientific research and observation, and other similar uses. Allowable uses may also include limited, seasonal walk-in access to the Estero for pedestrians and hand-carried, non-motorized boats, such as kayaks and canoes.

17000 Valley Ford Cutoff, Valley Ford






LEA CC (Land Extensive Agriculture - Coastal), RC 100/50 (Riparian Corridor), SR (Scenic Resource - Scenic Landscape Unit), BH (Biotic Habitat)

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Commissioner Carr
Commissioner Shahhosseini
Commissioner Kelley
Commissioner Davis
Commissioner Reed


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 call (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. 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 Commission 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.

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