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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: December 01, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for subdivisions, mining permits, and legislative policy matters such the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Zoning changes.

The Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (and as needed).

Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 3 Wiig
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Marina Herrera, Staff
Blake Hillegas, Staff
Tasha Levitt, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

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 PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Materials

Available digitally through the link in the Agenda. You can also email PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org or the project planner to request materials.

Agenda

1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of Minutes Planning Commission: October 20, 2022

Correspondence

Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

View documents for all items listed digitally>>


Item No.:

1

Time:

1:05 PM

File:

ORD19-0011

Applicant:

Russian River Recreation & Park District

Owner:

Sweetwater Springs Water Dist.

Cont. from:

N/A

Staff:

Marina Herrera

Env. Doc:

The appeal and nonconforming use determination do not meet definition of a project under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15060(c). Alternatively, this would be exempt under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301 (existing facilities) and 15061(b)(3) (common sense exemption).

Proposal:

Appeal of Legal Non-Conforming Use Determination (12/3/2021) of the subject property’s historic use as a public trail extending over the parcel.

Recommended Action:

Staff recommends the Planning Commission deny the appeal and uphold Permit Sonoma’s legal non-conforming use determination for the subject property.

Location:

17448 River Ln., Guerneville

APN:

071-220-068

District:

Five

Zoning:

R1 B6 1 DU, F1 F2 LG/116 RC50/25 VOH

Action:

Appeal Deadline:

Resolution No.:

Vote:
Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 3 Wiig
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer

Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

Item No.:

2

Time:

1:20 PM

File:

DRH22-0008

Applicant:

Steve Petcavich

Owner:

West County Transportation Agency

Cont. from:

N/A

Staff:

Blake Hillegas

Env. Doc:

Previously adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration

Proposal:

The project is an appeal of the Design Review Committee’s approval of Final Design Review for phase II of the West County Transportation Agency’s bus storage and employee (bus driver) parking lot. The site improvements under appeal include the DRC’s conditional approval of the site plan, parking design, landscaping/irrigation, lighting, and fencing on the 5.27-acre phase II site.

Recommended Action:

The Permit Resource and Management Department recommends that the Planning Commission Deny the appeal and uphold the Design Review Committee’s Final Design Review Approval of Phase II of the West County Transportation Agency’s bus storage yard as conditioned.

Location:

3300 Juniper Ave., Santa Rosa

APN:

134-074-022

District:

Three

Zoning:

PF, VOH

Action:

Appeal Deadline:

Resolution No.:

Vote:

Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 3 Wiig
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 1, Chair Carr

Ayes:
Noes:
Absent:
Abstain:

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. During the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order additional accommodations for digital file review of the waiver period are available by contacting the project planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

File: UPE22-0056
Project Name: Use Permit for 7’ Tall Fence
Applicant: Daniel Peter & Trava Peter Faust
Staff: Peter Kaljian
Location: 4052 Hessel Rd., Sebastopol
APN: 062-042-010
Project Description:

Use Permit to allow for 7-foot-tall fence within the street side yard setback along a private road on a 0.54-acre parcel.

Last Day for
Public Comment:

December 5, 2022

Procedures

Planning Commission 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 Planning Commission, 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 Planning Commission 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 Planning Commission commissioners.

Public Comment

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via Zoom. The Planning Commission 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: PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org. 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.