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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.


BZA 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 BZA, 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 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 Comment

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via Zoom. 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. 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.