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Environmental Review Committee Meeting

Date: July 16, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Registration Required: No

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The function of the Environmental Review Committee (ERC) is to review public projects in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to determine whether a Mitigated Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report is required. The evaluation is based on review of a project description and an environmental document (called an Initial Study).

Committee Members
John Bishop, Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
Nader Dahu, Department of Transportation and Public Works
Ivan Juarez, Grading and Stormwater
Doug Bush, Planning
Rich Stabler, Biologist - Chair

Staff Members
Stacie Groll, Secretary

Disabled 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 contact Stacie Groll at by 12pm Monday, before hearing to ensure arrangements for accommodation.

Available digitally through the link in the agenda. You can also email or the project planner to request materials.


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9:00 AM Chair Introduction

Regular Calendar

Item No: 1
Time: 9:05 am
File No.: Russian River Parkway Project
Staff: Mark Cleveland, Alta Planning and Ascent Environmental
Env. Doc: Initial Study Mitigated Negative Declaration (ISMND)
Proposal: The Russian River Parkway project proposes to construct, operate and manage formalized use of 3 Russian River Access sites north of Preston Bridge on Geysers Road. The project includes providing safe parking, restrooms, picnic sites, trash receptacles and other amenities to support day-use activities. It also includes overnight parking restrictions signs along Geysers Road, a potential host site for on-site management, and the potential for self-contained small RV overnight use within a gated and managed part of the project.
Recommended Action: Approve ISMND
Location: Right of Way Properties
APN: Various for structures
District: Four
Action: Doug Bush motioned to approve IS/MND Circulation with added language discussed in meeting. Seconded by Nader Dahu and approved with a 5-0-0-0 vote.
John Bishop: Aye
Nader Dahu: Aye
Ivan Juarez: Aye
Doug Bush: Aye
Rich Stabler: Aye
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Absent: 0 
Abstain: 0

Public Comment

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

Submit letters prior to the hearing by mail addressed to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and include the project number. 

Email Public Comments

Submit emailed public comments to the Project Review and Advisory Committee please email Please provide your name and the project number along with your written comment. Comments are distributed to the commissioners and staff.

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 Committee. At the end of the hearing, the Committee 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.