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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: January 20, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 11:59 p.m.

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Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Cornwall

Commissioner District 2 Gilardi

Commissioner District 4 Deas

Commissioner District 5 Grady

Commissioner District 3, Chair Ocana

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director

Gary Helfrich, Staff

Chelsea Holup, Secretary

Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

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

Approval of Minutes November 18, 2021


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Item No.: 1

Time: 1:05 PM

File: ORD21-0005

Applicant: County of Sonoma

Owner: N/A

Cont. from: November 18, 2021

Staff: Gary Helfrich

Env. Doc: Permit Sonoma has determined that the project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to sections 15307 and 15308 as Vacation Rental regulation standards continue, add, or enhance requirements related to wastewater management, refuse management, noise, outdoor burning, and emergency evacuation and further protect natural resources and the environment from potential impacts related to Vacation Rentals. The Ordinance is further exempt under CEQA Guidelines section 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that the project will have no significant effect on the environment, because the Ordinance imposes additional regulations on a currently allowed use through the imposition of a business license, makes clarifying changes to existing standards, and establishes new administrative procedures.

Proposal: Proposed project would retitle Chapter 4 to “Amusements and Business Regulations” to define “Vacation Rental License”, and add Section VIII to Chapter 4 to establish a vacation rental business license program with new and enhanced standards, and make related amendments to Chapter 1 (General Provisions) Section 1-7.2., amend Section 26-88-118 (Special use standards for hosted rentals and bed and breakfast inns) to allow dual use rentals, and rescind and replace Section 26-88-120 (Vacation Rentals) to correspond with the new license program and amend Section 26-79 (Vacation Rental Exclusion Combining District) to clarify standards for exclusion and allow area-based Vacation Rentals permit limits in addition to exclusion.

Location: County Wide

APN: Various

District: All

Zoning: Various


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Commissioner District 1

Commissioner District 2

Commissioner District 4

Commissioner District 5

Commissioner District 3, Chair





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: UPE21-0035

Project Name: Fence Use Permit

Applicant: Natividad Jose Pompa

Staff: Marina Herrera

Location: 1456 Elsie Court, Santa Rosa

APN: 034-073-025

Project Description: Use Permit to legalize an existing solid wood fence ranging 3 feet to 6 feet in height, located on the front property lines, approximately 13 to 8 feet from the street centerline of Jahn Drive and Elsie Court. The fence is accessory to an existing residence on a 0.48 acre corner lot.

Last Day for Public Comment: January 18, 2022

Meeting Documentation


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.

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