Permit Sonoma Boards and Commissions – Upcoming Items of Significant Public Interest
The following Permit Sonoma agenda items are scheduled for discussion at upcoming Board of Supervisors, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Planning Agency, or Planning Commission meetings. These items have been identified as being of significant interest to the public.
Please use the links below to see all of the upcoming meeting agenda items for the Board of Supervisors and Commissions and Committees affiliated with Permit Sonoma:
November 1, 2022 - 1:45 PM - Winery Events Ordinance
The wine industry and tourism play an important role in Sonoma County’s culture and economy. However, an over-concentration of winery events can negatively impact surrounding communities. Permit Sonoma seeks to balance these interests in new regulations for winery events and tasting rooms.
The draft Winery Events Ordinance includes countywide definitions and standards for winery visitor-serving uses. The ordinance would apply to new and modified use permit applications for winery visitor-serving uses in agricultural zoning districts outside of the Coastal Zone.
Documents in PDF Format:
- Winery Events Ordinance Summary
- Attachment 1 Ordinance
- Attachment 2 Planning Commission Resolution -June 7, 2022
- Attachment 3 Winery Events Ordinance Comparison Table
- Attachment 4 Planning Commision Staff Report -June 3, 2021
- Attachment 5 October 2016 Board of Supervisors Resolution of Intent
- Attachment 6 Related General Plan Agricultural Resource Element Policies
- Attachment 7 Public Comments for Planning Commission Hearing
- Staff PowerPoint
September 20, 2022 – Public Right of Way Special Events Permitting Ordinance Amendment
The Public Right of Way Special Events Reform Ordinance changes Chapter 15, Article IV of the County Code to improve the safety, sustainability, and efficacy of event permitting. The ordinance removes exemptions for bicycle events with over 250 participants, creates new standards for exempt bicycling events with between 100 and 250 riders, creates the ability to apply for permits for multiple events, creates the ability to apply for permits more than one and less than five years in advance, makes permits discretionary, and adds new areas where conditions to permits could be applied.
Documents in PDF Format:
- Special Events Summary
- Attachment 1 Resolution
- Attachment 1 Resolution CORRECTED
- Attachment 2 Ordinance - Redlined
- Attachment 3 Ordinance - Clean
- Attachment 3 Ordinance - Clean CORRECTED
- Attachment 4 Staff PowerPoint
October 4, 2022 - Well Ordinance Amendment
The Board will consider a revised amendment to the Sonoma County Code Chapter 25B (Well Ordinance) to add provisions for evaluation of impacts to Public Trust Resources and Well Metering, and to make related and technical corrections; and set a fee for discretionary well permit applications. The revised amendment has been updated from the version heard and discussed by the Board on August 9, 2022. The complete package of materials, including resolution and summary, for the October 4, 2022 hearing will be posted as soon as possible.
Please direct public comments to: PermitSonoma-Wells-PublicInput@sonoma-county.org
Documents in PDF format: