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Virtual Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

August 13, 2020 at 1:30 PM


Roll Call
Caitlin Cornwall
Paula Cook
Cameron Mauritson
John Lowry
Larry Reed, Chair

Staff Members
Scott Orr
Justin Klaparda
Scott Davidson
John Mack
Arielle Wright, Secretary
Sita Kuteira, Deputy County Counsel

The August 13, 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 August 13, 2020 Board of Zoning Adjustments hearing will be held virtually.


Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting using one of the two following methods:
Join the Zoom meeting application on your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Join the Zoom meeting application on your computer, tablet or smartphone: Go to:
Password: 656032

Call-in and listen to the meeting: Dial 1 (669) 900-9128
Enter meeting ID: 975 3826 2486
Enter password: 656032

Public Comment Prior to the Meeting: Public Comment may be submitted via email.

Email Public Comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Board of Zoning Adjustments 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.

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) 565-1947 or email 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.

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Public Copies of Agenda and Hearing Items are Digital
Go to:

Item Number: 1
Time:1:40 PM
File Number: UPC17-0013
Applicant: Poole Ridge Farms, LLC
Owner:Poole Ridge Farms, LLC, Ghassan Murad
Staff: Justin Klaparda
Con’t from:Not applicable
Env Doc:

Categorical Exemption


Request for a five-year limited term Use Permit for a cannabis operation, including 15,000 square feet of outdoor cannabis on a 57.99 -acre parcel.


2425 Pool Ridge Road, Guerneville



District: 5

RRD (Resources and Rural Development), B6 (160-acre maximum density), SR (Scenic Resources)


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Commissioner Cornwall
Commissioner Cook
Commissioner Mauritson
Commissioner Lowry
Commissioner Reed

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 Number: UPC19-0001
Project Name:In The Tree Apothecary
Applicant: Yor Om Collective; Brian Ohm
Staff: Crystal Acker

10665 River Road, Forestville



Project Description: Application for a cannabis dispensary- In The Tree Apothecary
Last Day for
Public Comment:

August 31, 2020

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

Public Appearances – The Board of Zoning Adjustments 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 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 Board of Zoning Adjustments 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 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.

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.

Contact Information

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Meeting Location

Board of Supervisors Chambers

575 Administration Drive

Room 102-A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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