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Planning Commission Meeting

November 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM

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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 District 1 Cornwall

Commissioner District 3 Ocana

Commissioner District 4 Deas

Commissioner District 5 Grady

Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed 

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director

Gary Helfrich, Staff

Chelsea Holup, Secretary

Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Meeting Documentation



1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance. 

Approval of Minutes November 4, 2021


Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Planning Commission Regular Calendar                 

View documents for all items listed digitally>> 

Item No.:     1                                                                            

Time:     1:10 PM

File:     ORD21-0005 Vacation Rental Ordinance Update Workshop

Applicant:     County of Sonoma

Owner:     N/A

Cont. from:     N/A                                                                         

Staff:     Gary Helfrich

Env. Doc:     This is a public workshop and not subject to CEQA.

Proposal:     The informational workshop provides an overview of Sonoma County’s vacation rental program, public outreach to date, and policy recommendations to improve the vacation rental program. This is an informational item and an opportunity for the Planning Commission to provide direction on preparation of a draft Ordinance. Hearing on the draft Ordinance is anticipated for January 13, 2022.

Location:     Countywide

APN:     Various

District:     Countywide

Zoning:     All Residential, LEA, RRD, DA.


Appeal Deadline:  

Resolution No.: 


Commissioner District 1

Commissioner District 3

Commissioner District 4

Commissioner District 5

Commissioner District 2, 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 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:     None                                                                      

   Project Name:    





Project Description:    

      Last Day for

Public Comment:  


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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