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[CONTINUED] Planning Commission Meeting

April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM

The March 25, 2021 1:00 p.m. virtual meeting of the Planning Commission was continued by order of the Planning Commission to date and time certain: April 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

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Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting by calling in or by using the Zoom application:

Roll Call

Commissioner Reed District 2
Commissioner Belforte District 3
Commissioner Mauritson District 4
Commissioner Davis District 5
Commissioner Carr District 1, Chair

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Andrew Smith, Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer
Christina Rivera, Assistant County Administrator
Chelsea Holup, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accomodation

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 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.


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Meeting Documentation


6:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

View documents for all items listed digitally

Item Number: 1 [Meeting Agenda Item #1 Continued by Order of the Planning Commission After Close of Public Hearing to Date Certain: April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM]
Time:6:00 PM
File Number: ORD20-0005
Applicant: County of Sonoma, Permit and Resource Management Department, The County Administrator’s Office, and the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures
Con’t from:Not applicable
Staff: Andrew Smith and Christina Rivera
Env Doc:

Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)


Consideration of amendments to the County Code, Chapter 26 and new Chapter 38, to allow expanded ministerial permitting for commercial cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource zoned areas. In addition, a General Plan Amendment is proposed to revise the Agricultural Resources Element to explicitly recognize cannabis cultivation as an agricultural use.


County Wide



District: All



Appeal Deadline:

Commissioner Reed District 2
Commissioner Belforte District 3
Commissioner Mauritson District 4
Commissioner Davis District 5
Commissioner Carr District 1, Chair


Permit Sonoma Hearing Waiver Calendar

This calendar serves only to notify the public of hearing waiver projects. The projects listed below are NOT on the current agenda.

During the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order additional accommodations for digital file review and time extensions of the waiver period are available by contacting the project planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

File Number: UPE19-0015
Project Name:O’Donnell Fence
Applicant:Todd O’Donnell
Staff:Katrina Braehmer

100 Sylvia Drive, Glen Ellen



Project Description:

A Use Permit to legalize an existing six-foot fence replaced after the 2017 Nuns Fire located within the front yard setback and along a Scenic Corridor on a one-acre parcel.

Last Day for
Public Comment:
May 3, 2021
File Number: UPE21-0014
Project Name:Knock Fence
Applicant:Ryan Knock
Staff:Katrina Braehmer

17895 San Jacinto Drive, Sonoma



Project Description:

A Use Permit to replace and existing fence with an 8-foot tall solid wood fence, approximately 55 feet in length in the front yard along Anza Drive, and 78 feet in length in the rear yard, composed of horizontal boards, on a 0.17 acre parcel.

Last Day for
Public Comment:
May 3, 2021


Planning Commission 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 Planning Commission, 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 Planning Commission 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 Planning Commission commissioners.

Public Comment

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via Zoom. The Planning Commission 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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Board of Supervisors Chambers

575 Administration Drive

Room 102-A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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