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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

Date: May 23, 2024

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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Hearing for the Board of Zoning Adjustments, part of the Sonoma County Planning Agency, discussing applications for Use Permits, Zoning Variances, and Coastal Development Permits.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (and as needed).

Roll Call

Absent, District 1
Commissioner Reed, District 2
Commissioner Ocaña, District 3
Commissioner Koenigshofer, District 5
Commissioner McCaffery, Chair, District 4

Staff Members

Emi Thériault, Deputy Director of Planning
Peter Kaljian, Project Planner
Levan King Cranston, Project Planner
Tasha Levitt, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accommodation

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) 565-1737 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


Available digitally through the link in the Agenda and on the Board of Zoning Adjustments website.
You can also email or the project planner to request materials.


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


Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Items scheduled on the Agenda

Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Calendar

View documents for all items listed digitally »

Item No.: 1
Time: 1:05 PM
File: UPE22-0051 Freestanding Faux Tree Telecom Facility
Applicant: Melissa C. Keith obo Vertical Bridge, Assurance Reality Inc., T-Mobile
Owner: Dena and Garth Harding Trust
Cont. from: March 23, 2023
Staff: Peter Kaljian
Env. Doc: Categorically Exemption

Request for a Use Permit to allow construction of an Intermediate Freestanding Commercial Telecommunication Facility including a 70-foot tall faux tree, associated ground equipment cabinet, located within a 2,500 square lease are on a 14.35-acre parcel zoned DA B6 20, RC100/25

Staff recommends that the Board of Zoning Adjustments find this project exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and approve the request for an intermediate freestanding commercial telecommunication facility, subject to the conditions of approval.
Location: 9300 Mill Station Rd., Sebastopol
APN: 061-141-001
District: Fifth

Diverse Agriculture 20-acre density, Riparian Corridor 100-foot development setback/25-foot agricultural setback

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No.: 24-0_


District 1
Commissioner Reed
Commissioner Ocaña
Commissioner Koenigshofer
Commissioner McCaffery


Item No.: 2
Time: 1:20 PM
File: UPE22-0068
Applicant: Ben Hackstedde, Sequoia Development Services
Owner: Ted Stashak and Gloria Stashak
Cont. from: N/A
Staff: Levan King Cranston
Env. Doc: Categorical Exemption, Section 15303, New Construction of a Small Structure

Request for a Use Permit to allow for the construction of an intermediate freestanding commercial telecommunication facility located inside a 45-foot- tall faux water tower within a 625-square foot lease area enclosed by an 8- foot-tall wooden cedar fence on a 5.26-acre parcel. The request includes a 5- foot encroachment into the required front yard setbacks to allow construction of a portion of the proposed 8-foot-tall wooden cedar fence and PG&E ground mounted transformer.

Staff recommends that the Board of Zoning Adjustments find the project exempt from CEQA and approve use permit request.
Location: 927 Los Alamos Road, Santa Rosa
APN: 030-141-005
District: First

Agricultural and Residential (allowed density: B8, Lot has been frozen) and combining zone for Accessory Dwelling Unit Exclusion

Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No.: 24-0_


District 1
Commissioner Reed
Commissioner Ocaña
Commissioner Koenigshofer
Commissioner McCaffery


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.



Project Name:

GreenFire Energy


Joseph Scherer, GreenFire Energy, Inc


Robert Pennington


12700 Pine Flat Road, Healdsburg



Project Description:

Use Permit for GreenFire Energy Inc’s installation of a steam dominated greenloop system into an existing geothermal well (D&V #13) at the Geysers for proof of concept testing. This well is located on an existing geothermal production pad which supplies steam to Calpine’s Socrates Power Plant. The project will perform proof-of-concept testing for approximately three (3) months.

Last Day for Public Comment:

May 27, 2024


Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Shortly after the hearing begins, the BZA 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 BZA commissioners.

Public Appearances for Agenda Items

PC hearings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Agenda items begin on or after the time stated on the agenda. After a county staff project presentation and commission questions, the public hearing is then opened. The applicant may then give a 10-minute project presentation followed by public comments. The time limit for public comments is at the Chair’s discretion and is typically three 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.


Pursuant to Government Code section 84308, members of the Planning Agency, Planning Commission, or Board of Zoning Adjustments (collectively “Planning Agency”) are disqualified and not able to participate in any agenda item involving contracts (other than competitively bid, labor, or personal employment contracts), franchises, discretionary land use permits and other entitlements if the member of the Planning Agency received more than $250 in campaign contributions from the applicant or contractor, an agent of the applicant or contractor, or any financially interested participant who actively supports or opposes the County’s decision on the agenda item since January 1, 2023. Members of the Planning Agency who have received, and applicants, contractors or their agents who have made, campaign contributions totaling more than $250 to a member of the Planning Agency since January 1, 2023, are required to disclose that fact for the official record of the subject proceeding. Disclosures must include the amount of the campaign contribution and identify the recipient Planning Agency member and may be made either in writing to the Clerk for the Planning Agency, Planning Commission, or Board of Zoning Adjustments, as the case may be, prior to the subject hearing or by verbal disclosure at the time of the hearing.

Hearing Waiver Calendar

The hearing waiver calendar lists projects proposed for public hearing waivers for informational purposes only. The listed items are not scheduled on the current or uncontested calendars. For more information on the hearing waiver item, contact the planner assigned to the project or fill out a ‘Request for Information’ card.

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 BZA, the hearing will be closed, and the items may be acted upon with a single majority vote.

Public Comments

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via the hearing room. The BZA 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. This is not the location of the hearing.

Email Public Comments

Email comments to: Please provide your name and the project number. It is advised to email comments (no later than the day before) prior to the hearing date to give commissioners and staff review time.

Public Comments Using Zoom

Comments are not accepted through Zoom at this time. If you wish to provide comments, please follow the instructions provided on this page for mail, email, or in-person comment.

Speaking In-Person on an Agenda Item

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. Your name, will be announced when it’s your turn to speak (1 public comment is allowed per person). The meetings are recorded and all in person testimony must be given through the microphone. Please state your name upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing.

If you wish to comment on a hearing waiver item, submit your comment directly to the assigned planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

Be Respectful

Please Be Respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn.

Be Courteous

Please Be Courteous turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.