Once the application is deemed complete, Permit Sonoma staff will review the application for compliance with the California Land Conservation Act, and the County’s Uniform Rules, and consistency with the General Plan. Staff will transmit the application materials and one copy of the preliminary title report to the Assessor’s Office, which will review and determine if the provided legal description accurately describes the parcel. Once the Assessor’s Office determines the accuracy of the legal description for the proposed contract, Permit Sonoma staff will provide the application materials and one copy of the preliminary title report to the Office of County Counsel, which will prepare the contract and send it to the owner or agent, as designated on the application, for execution. The owner and encumbrance holders sign the contract and return it to County Counsel, which transmits it to Permit Sonoma. Permit Sonoma staff will prepare a report and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the requested new or modified agricultural preserve and requested contract. Permit Sonoma staff then schedules the joint application for consideration by the Board of Supervisors at a public hearing.
Notice of the public hearing will be provided in compliance with all of the following:
- by publication pursuant to Gov. Code Section 6061,
- by written, mailed notice to the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) at least 14 days prior to the hearing,
- by written, mailed notice to any city within one mile of the exterior boundaries of the agricultural preserve affected by the proposed action at least 14 days prior to the hearing; and
- by written, mailed notice to the applicant.
The Board’s final action on the application may not occur until it has received staff’s report and at least 60 days from the time the application is deemed complete has elapsed. If the Board acts to establish, modify, or disestablish a preserve, the Clerk of the Board will record the Board’s adopted resolution and map with the Sonoma County Recorder’s Office. If the Board also approves the requested contract, the Chairperson of the Board signs the contract and the Clerk records the contract with the Sonoma County Recorder’s Office. Lastly, the Clerk mails a conformed copy of the recorded contract, resolution, and map to the owner or agent designated on the application, and provides conformed copies to Permit Sonoma and County Counsel. After recordation, the original contract, resolution, and map are kept on file with the Clerk of the Board.