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For Immediate Release

Board of Supervisors Consider Options to Protect Community Separators

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 8, 2016  –  Community Separators are rural open space lands identified in the County’s General Plan that separate cities and other communities. They preserve city and community identity by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization. The Board of Supervisors has directed the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) to: 1) prepare a ballot measure for November 2016 to extend the voter-approved Community Separator protections; and 2) consider where to expand existing Community Separators and designate new Community Separators.

On June 30, 2016, the Sonoma County Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors place the proposed ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot. Additional Planning Commission recommendations for the board include amending General Plan maps to expand Community Separators and correct inconsistencies, making related amendments to the text of the General Plan, and making related amendments to the Zoning database.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot, amend General Plan maps to expand Community Separators, related policy amendments, and related rezoning to add the SR (Scenic Resources) overlay zone. The hearing will take place at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers located at 575 Administrative Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa.

"Community Separators protect Sonoma County's natural and agricultural landscapes, while helping to preserve each community's unique character and identity," said Supervisor Efren Carrillo.

Project information is available for public review prior to the hearing at PRMD during normal business hours and on the PRMD website at sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Regulations/Community-Separators. Written comments may be submitted prior to or at the hearing to PRMD, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95403. Comments may also be sent via email to PRMD-CommunitySeparators@sonoma-county.org.

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Bradley Dunn
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