After a complete application is submitted, a project planner in the Project Review Division of Permit Sonoma is assigned to the project. Project applications are sent on referral to various Permit Sonoma divisions, County departments, and State agencies for review, comment and conditions. Based on those responses and staff review, additional information or studies may be required. Most Certificate of Modification applications are not subject to environmental review, as the proposed changes to the recorded map will not result in any significant environmental impacts. However, if the project planner determines the proposed modification may have a significant impact upon the environment, environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be required.
If the proposed Certificate of Modification pertains to a Minor Subdivision, the Project Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) is the decision-making body. If the proposed Certificate of Modification pertains to a Major Subdivision, the Project Review and Advisory Committee will set conditions and the Planning Commission is the decision-making body. The proposed Certificate of Modification will be set for a public hearing before the appropriate decision-making body. A notice of the public hearing is published in a newspaper of general distribution, posted on the property and sent to owners of properties within 300 feet of the site. A copy of recommended conditions and/or mitigations is sent to the applicant prior to the hearing date.
All interested persons are given an opportunity to comment on the proposal at the public hearing. There is a ten (10) day appeal period for either appeals of the Project Review and Advisory Committee actions to the Planning Commission or Planning Commission actions to the Board of Supervisors. If the Certificate of Modification is approved, the applicant has one (1) year from date of approval to meet conditions of approval and have the certificate recorded.
The following findings must be made by the decision-making body in order to approve a Certificate of
- that there are changes in circumstances which make any or all of the conditions of such map no longer appropriate or necessary, and
- that the modifications do not impose any additional burden on the present fee owner of the property, and
- that the modifications do not alter any right, title or interest in the real property reflected on the recorded map, and
- that the map, as modified, conforms to all the provisions of the Subdivision Map Act and local implementing ordinances.
(Section 66472.1 of the Subdivision Map Act and Section 25-13.8 of the Sonoma County Subdivision Ordinance)