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Planning Agency Meeting

Date: May 30, 2024

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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The Planning Agency is made up of the Commissioners on both the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Sonoma County Planning Agency Agenda

Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 2 Gilardi
Commissioner District 3 Ocaña
Commissioner District 3 Wiig
Commissioner District 4 McCaffery
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 5 Marquez

Staff Members

Emi Thériault, Deputy Director of Planning
Hannah Spencer, Supervising Planner
Tasha Levitt, Administrative Assistant
Alexandra Apodaca, Deputy County Counsel II
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call.


Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions

Approval of Minutes:

• Planning Commission –

October 5, 2023 (Cornwall, Gilardi, Ocaña, Koenigshofer, McCaffery)
October 19, 2023 (Wiig, Koenigshofer, McCaffery)
December 21, 2023 (Carr, Gilardi, Wiig, Marquez, McCaffery)

• Board of Zoning Adjustments –

March 23, 2023 – Item 3 ONLY (Carr, Reed, Koenigshofer, Deas)
October 26, 2023 (Wiig, Koenigshofer, Deas)
December 14, 2023 (Olmstead, Reed, Koenigshofer, McCaffery)
December 28, 2023 (Reed, Koenigshofer, Carr)

Commissioner Announcements

Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Items scheduled on the Agenda

Planning Agency Topics of Discussion

View documents for all items listed digitally>> 

Please note, no public hearings will be held, and no actions will be taken.

• Approval of Minutes
• Public Records Act Overview (Klein)
• Housing-Summary of Proposed Legislation in Committee (Thériault)
• American Planning Association Conference-Planning Case Studies (Thériault)
• Local Grapes Use Requirement Discussion (Spencer)
• Adjournment

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.
File: UPE24-0007
Project Name: GreenFire Energy, Inc
Applicant: Joseph Scherer
Staff: Robert Pennington
Location: 12700 Pine Flat Rd., Healdsburg
APN: 141-040-027
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 six-well production pad which supplies steam to the Socrates Power Plant (Unit 18). The project will perform proof-of-concept testing for approximately three (3) months. The project is partially funded by a California Energy Commission grant under their "Bringing Rapid Innovation Development to Green Energy" program. Testing will measure the amount of heat that can be extracted by use of GreenFire Energy's greenloop technology.
Last Day for
Public Comment:
June 3, 2024
File: PLP23-0022
Project Name: N/A
Applicant: Greg LeDoux & Associates, INC
Staff: Hannah Spencer
Location: 4500 Hessel Rd Sebastopol
APN: 062-091-036
Request to modify the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District’s Use Permit File No. 7492 (previously approved in 1974) to allow construction of a new 5,000 square-foot, 20-foot tall, single story administrative building, increase the number of administrative employees from three to seven, continue hosting events and training programs associated with the existing fire house (Station One), including four annual fundraising events with up to 200 attendees per event between the hours of 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM and youth education/training programs such as the Explorer Scout Program. All event overflow parking is provided onsite. The project includes demolishing an existing residence, adding nine standard parking spaces and one ADA space, and installing a new septic system. The new administrative building contains 1,278 square feet of office space, 725 square feet of conditioned storage space, and 2,997 square feet of unconditioned space. The office space will include four private offices, a restroom with a shower, a small break area, and an open office meeting area and work space. The conditioned and unconditioned storage spaces will be used for fire district document and equipment storage. The building will also be used for emergency staging purposes during County wide disasters. The existing Station One building permitted under File No. 7492 will continue to house five fire engines, operate with three administrative employees and four 24-hour fire fighters on shift at any time. Hours of operation for administrative employees are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Fire fighters will be working 24 hours a day. There will be no emergency calls directed to the new administrative building; emergency calls and mobilization will continue to occur at Station One.
Last Day for Public Comment: June 3, 2024

File: UPC24-0003
Project Name: Natural Cannabis Company
Applicant: Dona Frank
Staff: Crystal Acker
Location: 265 E Todd Road, Santa Rosa
APN: 134-133-024
Project Description: A Use Permit RENEWAL of an existing cannabis distribution facility located in an existing 3,500-square-foot industrial building on a 0.3-acre Limited Urban Industrial (M1) parcel. No changes to the current operation are proposed. Currently permitted under UPC17-0088.
Last Day for Public Comment: June 3, 2024

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) 565-1935 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


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.


PA meetings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Presentations on the scheduled topics are given, followed by commissioner questions and discussion. 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 to answer questions

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 PC, 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 PC 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 PC commissioners.

Public Comments

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

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

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 in-person 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.

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.