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Board of Zoning Adjustments Meeting

Date: May 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Registration Required: No


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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).

A Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting will not be held on May 25, 2023.


Note: This calendar serves only to notify the public of hearing waiver projects. The projects listed below are NOT on the current agenda.
File: UPC17-0049
Project Name: UPC17-0049/ Cub City
Applicant: Cub City LLC, Foster Andrew Duval, Jr.
Staff: Crystal Acker
Location: 3195 Regional Pkwy., Santa Rosa
APN: 059-210-024
Project Description: A Use Permit RENEWAL and minor modification of an existing cannabis cultivation operation. The modification would reduce the approved flowering canopy by 1,800 square feet and add 1,800 square feet of wholesale nursery (production of
clones and/or seeds for sale); there will be no increase in overall cultivation area above the previously approved 10,000 square feet. All other components of the operation would continue as currently permitted under UPC17-0049. Additional current and continued operations include distribution, processing, and packaging. The parcel is located within an existing 19,590-square-foot commercial building on a 1.02-acre parcel at 3195 Regional Parkway, Santa Rosa, (APN 059-210-024).
Last Day for Public Comment: May 30, 2023

File: UPC22-0001
Project Name: UPC22-0001 / Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Wholesale Nursery Operation
Applicant: Exothcs LP.; Brandon Wright
Staff: Haleigh Frye
Location: 4656 Arlington Ave., Santa Rosa
APN: 134-251-073
Project Description: Request for a five-year limited-term Conditional Use Permit for commercial cannabis cultivation for up to 17,231 square feet of canopy in the form of 1,950 square feet of indoor, 2,788 square feet of mixed light (flowering), 1,724 mixed light wholesale nursery, 10,769 square feet of outdoor cultivation, and self-distribution (Distributor-Transport only), in addition to mixed light and indoor accessory propagation, and ancillary processing of site-grown cannabis on a 12.38 acre parcel zoned DA located at 4656 Arlington Ave. Cultivation and associated activities will maintain a 50-foot riparian protection setback from the onsite retention pond. Proposed daily outdoor hours of operation are 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, indoor and mixed light operations may occur 24 hours a day seven days a week as needed. Management will be on call 24 hours a day seven days a week. Deliveries and shipping would be limited to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The residence nearest the operation will be owner/operator or employee occupied. The project would be owner operated and hire up twelve (12) part time seasonal staff. No public access or retail sales are permitted. The project site has operated as a commercial wholesale nursery and retail operation since at least 2006 and is the former site of Seescape Landscaping and R-Trees Nursery (2006-2021).
Last Day for Public Comment: May 30, 2023

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) 565-1947 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


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.