Ordinance Number 6089 amends Chapter 26 of the Sonoma County Code to incorporate into zoning the General Plan’s goals, objectives, and policies for the protection of riparian corridors. This includes the establishment of Streamside Conservation Areas (SCAs), as set forth in the Open Space and Resource Conservation Element of the General Plan, in a new Article 65 of Chapter 26 (Article 65). Article 65 recognizes the importance of protecting and enhancing riparian functions. Beneficial uses include but are not limited to providing food, water, and habitat for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, and mammals, as well as filtering sediment and pollutants from runoff into streams, and providing erosion protection.
The SCAs and setbacks for agricultural cultivation (Ag Setback) are indicated in the zoning database in the format of RC 100/50 (indicating a 100 foot SCA which encompasses a 50 foot Ag Setback). The zoning database can be accessed at the following location: <a>www.sonoma-county.org/PRMD/docs/riparian_corridor/official-zoning-database.pdf
Agricultural activities are allowed within the SCA provided they are conducted and maintained in compliance with these approved agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). The approved BMPs were developed by the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture (Ag Dept) with input from agricultural and regulatory stakeholders.