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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

June 24, 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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Roll Call

  • Commissioner Cornwall, District 1
  • Commissioner Belforte, District 3
  • Commissioner Mauritson, District 4
  • Commissioner Koenigshofer, District 5
  • Commissioner Reed, District 2, Chair

Staff Members

  • Scott Orr
  • Marina Herrera
  • Lauren Scott
  • Alexandria Sullivan, Secretary
  • Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Disability 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 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.

Meeting Documentation

Agenda

View documents for all items listed digitally

1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.
Correspondence
Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions
Commissioner Announcements

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time:1:10 PM
File Number: UPC19-0011
Applicant: Nolan Creek Ranch, Inc.,
Owner:Don Miguel
Staff: Marina Herrera
Env Doc:

Categorical Exemption

Proposal:

Request for a five-year limited-term Use Permit for 43,560 square feet of outdoor cannabis cultivation, located on a ±316-acre parcel located on a ±316 acre parcel. The project proposes a two year phased approach to facilitate the build out of the proposed cultivation area. Phase 1 (year 1) includes 20,000 square feet of cultivation area, Phase 2 (year 2) will complete the 43,560 square feet of cultivation area. There will be no processing or drying on-site. Proposed hours of operation are 24 hours per day, seven days per week, as needed. Deliveries would be limited to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The cannabis operation would employ up to 3 full-time positions and a maximum of 5 full-time positions during harvest season. No public access or retail sales are permitted.

Location:

1492 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental

APN:

073-150-004

District: 5
Zoning:

Resources and Rural Development (RRD) (60 acre residential density) and combining zones for Accessory Dwelling Unit Exclusion (Z), Riparian Corridor (RC100/50)

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall
Commissioner Belforte
Commissioner Mauritson
Commissioner Koenigshofer
Commissioner Reed

Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

Item Number: 2
Time:1:50 PM
File Number: UPC18-0046
Applicant: Evergreen Acres, LLC,
Owner:Diana Coppersmith c/o Peter Coppersmith
Cont. from:May 27, 2021
Staff: Lauren Scott
Env Doc:

Mitigated Negative Declaration

Proposal:

Request for a Use Permit for 10,000 square feet of mixed light cannabis cultivation, 29,400 square feet of outdoor cannabis cultivation, the conversion of 1.8 acres of timberland to a non-timber growing use, and the construction of a 782,907-gallon water storage reservoir on a 34.04-acre. The cannabis operation would employ up to six full-time staff as well as two part-time/seasonal staff during planting and harvest. Outdoor harvesting activities and mixed-light activities would be permitted to occur seven days a week, 24-hours per day as needed, although general employee hours and operations would occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Shipping and delivery activities limited Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The project site would be closed to the public.

Location:

6699 Palmer Creek Rd., Healdsburg

APN:

069-040-026

District: 4
Zoning:

Resources and Rural Development (RRD), 160-acre density (B6 160), Biotic Habitat (BH), Riparian Corridor (RC50/50)

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall
Commissioner Belforte
Commissioner Mauritson
Commissioner Koenigshofer
Commissioner Reed
Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

Item Number: 3
Time:2:00 PM
File Number: UPC19-0013
Applicant: GSBC LLC
Owner:Sonoma North Bay Credit Union
Cont. from:N/A
Staff: Marina Herrera
Env Doc:

Categorically Exempt

Proposal:

Request for a five-year limited term use permit for: 1) 1,489 square feet of processing of non-site grown cannabis and 2) 2,101 square feet of distribution and transportation to be located within an existing 5,805 square foot industrial building located on a 0.78-acre Heavy Industrial zoned (M2) property. Processing is allowed to occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week, as needed. Delivery and shipping activities would be limited to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The project proposes a maximum of 19 employees. No public access or retail sales are permitted.

Location:

304 Sutton Place, Santa Rosa

APN:

134-102-076

District: 5
Zoning:

Heavy Industrial (M2), Valley Oak Habitat (VOH)

Action:

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Vote:
Commissioner Cornwall
Commissioner Belforte
Commissioner Mauritson
Commissioner Koenigshofer
Commissioner Reed
Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

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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