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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: February 02, 2023

Time: 1:00 - 8:00 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 Carr, District 1
Commissioner Reed, District 2
Absent, District 4
Commissioner Koenigshofer, District 5
Commissioner Ocana, Chair, District 3

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Wil Lyons, Project Planner
Eric Gage, Project Planner
Tasha Levitt, Secretary
Verne Ball, Deputy County Counsel
Christa Shaw, Deputy County Counsel
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) 565-1947 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


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

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

Approval of Minutes Planning Commission: November 3, 2022; November 4, 2022; November 17, 2022


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: Gas Station Prohibition
Applicant: County of Sonoma
Owner: N/A
Cont. from: N/A
Staff: Wil Lyons
Env. Doc: Exempt per CEQA Guidelines sections 15061(b)(3), 15307, 15308
Proposal: The proposed Ordinance would amend the Sonoma County Code Chapter 26 to prohibit the development of new retail fuel stations and related infrastructure as an allowed land use in all zoning categories in the Unincorporated County excluding the Coastal Zone. Existing operational retail gasoline fueling stations would be allowed to continue operation subject to Article 94 of the Zoning Ordinance which would allow for limited upgrades and repair of existing facilities for environmental/public safety reasons.
Recommended Action: Recommendation of approval to Board of Supervisors, inclusive of policy options addressing expanded Article 94, and separating Retail and Non-Retail Fuel Station uses to allow Non-Retail Fuel Station uses to continue into the future.
Location: Countywide
APN: Various
District: Countywide
Zoning: Various
Action: Commissioner Koenigshofer motioned to approve the resolution recommending approval to the Board of Supervisors. Seconded by Commissioner Carr and approved with a 4-0-1 vote.
Appeal Deadline: Not Applicable
Resolution No.: 23-04

Commissioner Carr - Aye
Commissioner Reed - Aye
Commissioner Deas - Absent
Commissioner Koenigshofer - Aye
Commissioner Ocana - Aye

Ayes: 4
Noes: 0
Absent: 1
Abstain: 0

Item No.: 2
Time: 1:20 PM
File: Housing Element Workshop
Applicant: County of Sonoma
Owner: N/A
Cont. from: N/A
Staff: Eric Gage
Env. Doc: Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
Proposal: The Planning Commission will hold a virtual public workshop on the 6th Cycle Housing Element Draft Environmental Impact Report. The workshop is informational and requires no action. The workshop will provide an update to the Planning Commission on the published Draft Environmental Impact Report. All interested persons are invited to attend and provide comment.
Recommended Action: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission receive an informational update on the published Draft Environmental Impact Report; hold a workshop to receive information, receive comment from the public; and provide comments to staff and consultants.
Location: Countywide
APN: Various
District: Countywide
Zoning: Various
Action: Not Applicable
Appeal Deadline: Not Applicable
Resolution No.: Not Applicable

Not Applicable

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: PLP22-0006
Project Name: PLP22-0006/ Intermediate Freestanding Commercial Telecommunications Facility
Applicant: EPIC Wireless Group LLC
Staff: Claudette Diaz
Location: 5827 Sierra Grande Drive, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
APN: 101-110-032
Project Description: Request for a Coastal Permit (without Hearing), Use Permit, and Design Review for a replacement of an existing 40-foot high minor freestanding telecommunications facility with a new intermediate freestanding commercial facility, including an 80-foot high faux monopole mono eucalyptus design, associated ground equipment, a 30kw diesel generator with a 190 gallon diesel fuel tank for backup emergency power, located within a 192 square foot leased area on a 387.22 acre parcel.
Last Day for
Public Comment:
February 6, 2023


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: 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.

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 Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission 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.

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.