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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

April 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Hearing for the Board of Zoning Adjustments, part of the Sonoma County Planning Agency, discussing applications for Use Permits, Zoning Variances, and Coastal Development Permits.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (and as needed)

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Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting by calling in or by using the Zoom application:

Roll Call

Commissioner Cornwall, District 1
Commissioner Ocana, District 3 - for item 1
Commissioner Belforte, District 3 - for items 2 & 3
Commissioner Mauritson, District
Commissioner Davis, District 5
Commissioner Tamura, District 2, Chair

Staff Members

Scott Orr
Blake Hillegas
Crystal Acker
Shawna Brekke-Read
Alexandria Sullivan, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accomodation

If you have a disability which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please call  (707) 565-6105 or email  PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Materials

Available digitally through the link in the Agenda. You can also email  PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org or the project planner to request materials.

Agenda

View documents for all items listed digitally

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time:1:05 PM
File Number: ORD20-0010 Appeal of Administrative Determination on Amazon
Appellant:Mobilize Sonoma and Valley of the Moon Alliance
Applicant: McNeal Real Estate Services on behalf of Amazon
Owner:Victory Station LLC, Jose McNeil
Cont. from:February 11, 2021
Staff: Blake Hillegas
CEQA Review:

Exempt

Proposal:

Resolution formalizing a 3-2 straw vote to uphold an Appeal of a Permit Sonoma Administrative Determination and require a Use Permit for Amazon to operate a “Truck Terminal” warehouse and distribution center within an existing warehouse building and construct a new parking lot on a 3.5 acre Limited Rural Industrial property.

Location:

22801 8th Street East and 1194 Freemont Drive, Sonoma

APN:

128-442-014, -017, -018

District: 1
Zoning:

M3, (Limited Rural Industrial), SR (Scenic Corridor), F2 (Flood Plain), VOH (Valley Oak Habitat)

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall, District 1
Commissioner Ocana, District 3
Commissioner Mauritson, District 4
Commissioner Davis, District 5
Commissioner Tamura, District 2, Chair
Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

Item Number: 2
Time:1:10 PM
File Number: UPC17-0094 Loe Firehouse Dispensary
Applicant: John Lobro
Owner:Goodharold, LLC
Staff: Crystal Acker
Con’t from:Not applicable
Env Doc:

Negative Declaration

Proposal:

Cannabis dispensary with 1,891 square feet of retail floor area and delivery service operating 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) in an existing commercial building on a 0.33-acre parcel

Location:

15499 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen

APN:

054-130-024

District: 1
Zoning:

Limited Commercial, with combining zones for Scenic Resources – Arnold Drive Scenic Corridor and Valley Oak Habitat

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall, District 1
Commissioner Belforte, District 3
Commissioner Mauritson, District 4
Commissioner Davis, District 5
Commissioner Tamura, District 2, Chair
Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

Item Number: 3
Time:1:50 PM
File Number: UPC17-0081 Cannabis Cultivation
Applicant: Christopher Coogan
Owner:Christopher Coogan
Staff: Shawna Brekke-Read
Con’t from:Not applicable
Env Doc:

Categorical Exemption

Proposal:

A five-year limited-term Use Permit for 9,607 square feet of outdoor cannabis cultivation and 852 square feet of propagation within three existing hoop houses. Processing of cannabis material would be done off-site by a licensed third party. Employees, all over 21 years of age, include the two year round and two seasonal employees during harvest. Cultivation activities will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but deliveries and shipping would be limited to Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The project would operate on a 25.51-acre parcel

Location:

20077 Sweetwater Springs Rd., Guerneville

APN:

069-050-019

District: 5
Zoning:

Resources and Rural Development (one dwelling unit allowed per 160 acres)

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall, District 1
Commissioner Belforte, District 3
Commissioner Mauritson, District 4
Commissioner Davis, District 5
Commissioner Tamura, District 2, Chair
Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

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 prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

File Number: UPE21-0008
Project Name:Witczak and Nevero Fence
Applicant: Tom Witczak and Kristine Nevero
Staff: Katrina Braehmer
Location:2902 Dale Avenue, Sonoma
APN:135-052-009
Proposal:

Request for a Use Permit to erect an 8-foot tall fence, approximately 115 feet long, composed of horizontal wooden boards within the west side yard setback on a 2.53 acre parcel. The fence will be 7 feet of solid wood and one foot of separated wooden panels on top.

Last Day for Public Comment:

April 26, 2021

File Number: UPE20-0031
Project Name:Animal Sanctuary
Applicant: Kim Sturla
Staff: Eduardo Hernandez
Location:70 & 80 Lynch Rd., Petaluma
APN:137-090-031
Proposal:

Use Permit to allow the operation of an animal sanctuary for rescued hens to be put up for adoption on an 11.92-acre parcel. Proposal includes the construction of three new 288 sq. ft. barns, and visiting hours for the public. The site will be open to the public by reservation only, once a week on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The site will generally be open to receive up to 20 attendees, and four times a year it will host educational classes about animal care and behavior for up to 100 attendees.

Last Day for Public Comment:

April 23, 2021

File Number: UPE19-0081 (part of PLP19-0045)
Project Name:Neil Med Warehouse
Applicant: Ken Di Lillo
Staff: Katrina Braehmer
Location:685 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa
APN:059-340-056
Proposal:

The proposed project is Design Review and a Use Permit for a new 59,066 square foot, 50-foot tall, two-story warehouse, with 500+/- square feet to be used as office space, on a 1.53-acre parcel located in the Airport Business Center. The warehouse is a permitted use, and a Use Permit is required for additional building height above the 28-foot maximum within the building setback line.

Last Day for Public Comment:

April 26, 2021

Procedures

BZA hearings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Agenda items begin on or after the time stated on the agenda. County staff will give a presentation on the project followed by commissioner questions. A public hearing is then opened and the applicant gives a 10-minute project presentation followed by public comments. The time limit for public comments is at the Chair’s discretion and is typically 3 minutes per speaker. Please state your name for the record when you are called upon. Questions raised by the public may be answered after all public comments are given. The Commission may request staff or the applicant to answer questions, and the applicant is given the opportunity to respond to any public comments. The public hearing is then closed and no further public comments are received. The commissioners discuss the project and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.

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 BZA, the hearing will be closed and the items may be acted upon with a single majority vote.

Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Shortly after the hearing begins, the BZA 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 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 BZA commissioners.

Public Comment

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via Zoom. The BZA invites interested persons to submit comments which are entered into the permanent record. Written comments received prior to and during the hearing are distributed to the commissioners, staff, and are available to the public via the public copies link in the calendar section of this agenda. Written comments received after the package is made public may be read into the record.

Mail Public Comments: 

Address letters to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Attn: Planning Agency Secretary, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and include the project number. Please note, due to the office closure under the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order, Permit Sonoma receives mail once a week leading to longer than usual processing times for mailed in items.

Email Public Comments:

Email comments to: PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org. Please provide your name and the project number. It is advised to email comments prior to the hearing date to give commissioners and staff review time.

Public Comments Using Zoom:

Members of the public who join the Zoom meeting, either through the Zoom app or by calling in, may give a public comment when the Chair opens the public hearing for your item of interest. Please take the time to locate the raise hand feature in the app, press the Alt & Y keys together on your keyboard, or press *9 to raise and lower your hand when calling in. Your name, or phone number if you call in, will be announced when it's your turn to speak (1 public comment is allowed per person).

Please be respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn.

Please be courteous turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.

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Board of Supervisors Chambers

575 Administration Drive

Room 102-A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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