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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

December 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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

Meeting Documentation


Meeting No: 19-15

Roll Call
Dick Fogg, Chair
Todd Tamura 
Komron Shahhosseini    
Ariel Kelley  
John Lowry 

Staff Members

Milan Nevajda
Lauren Scott
Scott Davidson
Arielle Kohn, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel 

  • 1:00 PM Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance. Please Be Courteous - Turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions
  • Commissioner Announcements/Disclosures

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time:1:20 PM
File Number: UPC17-0034 
Applicant:Igor Stopler, representing IJRS, LLC
Owner:Larry and Sandra Bertolone
Continued from:N/A
Staff: Lauren Scott 
Env Doc:

Categorically Exempt.


Request for a limited-term Use Permit for 10,000 square feet of mixed-light cannabis cultivation, 4,506 square feet of indoor cannabis cultivation, and associated processing. Eleven buildings or structures are proposed as part of this project. Processing would be done in several of the proposed structures and buildings. The project would have 3 full-time employees year-round and an additional 20 employees during the trimming and planting seasons. The project would operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Delivery and shipping activities would be limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. The project site would not be open to the public. The project site is operating under the Penalty Relief Program and is located on a 23.37-acre parcel


1737 Wood Road, Fulton




Diverse Agriculture, allowed density of one dwelling per 10 acres, and combining zones for Scenic Resources and Valley Oak Habitat


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:
Item Number: 2
Time:1:50 PM
File Number: UPC17-0089 
Applicant:David Bowers, representing Foxworthy Red, LLC 

Sammy Bonner and Elizabeth Brubeck

Continued from:N/A
Staff: Scott Davidson
Env Doc:

Categorically Exempt.


Request for a limited-term Use Permit for 4,520 square feet of mixed-light cannabis cultivation and 39,040 square feet of outdoor cannabis cultivation. The project would have 8 employees and would generally operate from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, seven days a week. Delivery and shipping activities would be limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. The project site is operating under the Penalty Relief Program on an 80-acre parcel


7955 St. Helena Road, Santa Rosa



District: 1

Resources and Rural Development, one dwelling unit per 100 acres, Riparian Corridor Setback of 200 feet. 


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Board of Zoning Adjustments 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.  


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 Wright 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. 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 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.

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