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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

October 14, 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

Greg Carr, District 1
Gina Belforte, District 3
Cameron Mauritson, District 4
Belén Grady, District 5
Larry Reed, Chair, District 2

Staff Members

Scott Orr
Josh Miranda
Arielle Wright, 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) 565-1947 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


Available digitally through the link in the Agenda. You can also email or the project planner to request materials. 

Meeting Documentation


View documents for all items listed digitally

1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance. 
Approval of Minutes: Board of Zoning Adjustments, June 10, 2021
Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions
Commissioner Announcements

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

 Item No.:         1    

Time:     1:10 PM

File:     UPE20-0008

Applicant:     Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services – Scott Sowle

Owner:     KKS Property, LLC

Cont. from:     N/A

Staff:     Joshua Miranda

Env. Doc:     Categorical Exemption Section 15301 because the request is for an existing facility with a minor expansion of the existing use.

Proposal:     Use Permit to expand an existing Small Residential Community Care Facility to a Large Residential Community Care Facility with 11 employees and 24-hour care for 10 people in a 5-bedroom single family dwelling. The facility currently provides 24-hour care for 6 people and operates with 9 employees. The proposed expansion in residential care service requires no new construction.

Location:     1743 Skillman Lane, Petaluma

APN:     048-250-002

District:     2

Zoning:     Agriculture and Residential (allowed density: 2 acres per dwelling unit) and combining zone for Valley Oak Habitat.


Appeal Deadline:

Resolution No.:     

Commissioner Carr
Commissioner Belforte
Commissioner Mauritson
Commissioner Grady
Commissioner Reed


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: 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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