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Board of Zoning Adjustments and Planning Commission Combined Meeting

Date: January 26, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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Roll Call - Item #1

Larry Reed, District 2
Evan Wiig, District 3
Kevin Deas, District 4
Eric Koenigshofer, District 5
Greg Carr, Chair, District 1

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Blake Hillegas, Project Planner
Georgia McDaniel, Project Planner
Hannah Spencer, Supervising Planner
Cecily Condon, Division Manager
Liz Goebel, Secretary
Christa Shaw, 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: March 10, 2022; May 12, 2022; June 9, 2022; September 22, 2022; December 8, 2022


Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Board of Zoning Adjustments / Planning Commission Regular Calendar

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Item No.: 1 - Planning Commission
Time: 1:05 PM
File: DRH22-0008; West County Transportation Agency
Applicant: Steve Petcavich
Owner: West County Transportation Agency
Cont. from: December 1, 2022
Staff: Blake Hillegas
Env. Doc: Mitigated Negative Declaration (Previously Adopted)
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: Public Facilities District, Valley Oak Habitat
Action: Commissioner Carr motioned to 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 recommended with modified conditions. Seconded by Commissioner Deas and approved with a 5-0-0 vote.
Appeal Deadline: 11 calendar days
Resolution No.: 23-03

Commissioner Reed - Aye
Commissioner Wiig - Aye
Commissioner Deas - Aye
Commissioner Koenigshofer - Aye
Chair Carr - Aye

Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Absent: 0
Abstain: 0

Roll Call – Item #2

Pat Gilardi, District 2
Evan Wiig, District 3
Absent, District 4
Eric Koenigshofer, District 5
Caitlin Cornwall, Chair, District 1

Item No.: 2 - Board of Zoning Adjustments
Time: At or after 1:20 PM
File: UPE21-0001; Bricoleur Winery
Applicant: Demae Rubins, Summit Engineering, Inc.
Owner: Starr Holding LLC
Cont. from: Not Applicable
Staff: Georgia McDaniel
Env. Doc: Categorically Exempt

Use Permit modification to previously approved winery use permit (File No. UPE17-0053) to increase the total number of permitted annual event days from 16 to 25, and to expand the food and wine pairing capacity from 15 to 45 people and expand the tasting room hours of operation from five days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on an 18.93-acre parcel. No new structures or changes to the number of employees are proposed.

Recommended Action:

The Permit Resource and Management Department (Permit Sonoma) recommends that the Board of Zoning Adjustments find the project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and approve the request to modify Use Permit UPE17-0053 subject to the Conditions of Approval.

Location: 7493 Starr Rd., Windsor
APN: 066-220-019
District: Four
Zoning: Diverse Agriculture (allowed density 40 acres per dwelling) and combining zones for Floodway, Floodplain, Riparian Corridor 50/25, Riparian Corridor 100/50, Scenic Resources, Valley Oak Habitat
Action: Commissioner Koenigshofer motioned to continue the item to a time certain of February 23, 2023. Seconded by Commissioner Gilardi and approved with a 4-0-1 vote.
Appeal Deadline: Not Applicable
Resolution No.: Not Applicable

Commissioner Gilardi - Aye
Commissioner Wiig - Aye
District 4 - Absent 
Commissioner Koenigshofer - Aye
Chair Cornwall - Aye

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

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.


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 Appearances for Agenda Items

PC hearings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Agenda items begin on or after the time stated on the agenda. After a county staff project presentation and commission questions, the public hearing is then opened. The applicant may then give a 10-minute project presentation followed by public comments. The time limit for public comments is at the Chair’s discretion and is typically three 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.


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.

Hearing Waiver Calendar

The hearing waiver calendar lists projects proposed for public hearing waivers for informational purposes only. The listed items are not scheduled on the current or uncontested calendars. For more information on the hearing waiver item, contact the planner assigned to the project or fill out a ‘Request for Information’ card.

Public Comments

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via the hearing room. The PC 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. This is not the location of the hearing.

Email Public Comments

Email comments to: Please provide your name and the project number. It is advised to email comments (no later than the day before) prior to the hearing date to give commissioners and staff review time.

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 Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing. 

Comment on a Hearing Waiver Item

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 and Courteous

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.