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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: July 20, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Registration Required: No

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

Staff Members
Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Eric Gage, Project Planner
Ross Markey, PRMD Division Manager
Tasha Levitt, Administrative Assistant
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) 565-1935 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Available digitally through the link in the Agenda and on the Planning Commission website. You can also email or the project planner to request materials.


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


Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Items scheduled on the Agenda in order to expedite the meeting, please fill out a speaker card located on the back table before speaking.

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

View documents for all items listed digitally>> 

Item No.: 1
Time: 1:05 PM
File: PLP20-0018
Applicant: County of Sonoma
Owner: N/A
Cont. from: July 13, 2023
Staff: Eric Gage
Env. Doc: Environmental Impact Report
Proposal:  2023-2031 Housing Element Update and Final Environmental Impact Report
Recommended Action:

The Sonoma County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) prepared for the Housing Element Update (SCH No. 2022060323) and the following components of the Housing Element Update package:

  • Adoption of the Housing Element for the 6th Housing Element Cycle (2023-2031) and repeal of existing 2014 Housing Element (General Plan Amendment)
  • Amendments to the General Plan land use designations on up to 43 parcels (Amendments to General Plan Land Use Map)
  • Amendments to zoning on up to 55 sites to allow increased residential development
  • Amendments to text of Sonoma County Code Chapter 26 (Zoning Code) making limited technical corrections needed at adoption of the 6th Cycle Housing Element
Location: Countywide
APN: Various
District: Countywide
Zoning: Various
Action: Commissioner Carr motioned to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors with modifications to staff’s recommendation. Seconded by Commissioner Wiig and approved with a 5-0-0 vote.
Appeal Deadline: Not Applicable
Resolution No.: 23-35


Commissioner Carr: Aye
Commissioner Reed: Aye
Commissioner Wiig: Aye
Commissioner Koenigshofer: Aye
Commissioner Deas: Aye

Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Absent: 0 
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.

File: UPE22-0050
Project Name: Use permit for an 80-foot-tall faux mono-elm tree for T-Mobile
Applicant: Melissa Keith with Assurance Development / Vertical Bridge on behalf of T-Mobile
Staff: Adam Sharron
Location: 12847 Dunbar Rd., Glen Ellen
APN: 053-120-057
Project Description: Use Permit for an 80'-0" tall faux tree (mono-elm) for T-Mobile with (12) 8' antennas, (6) RRUs, (1) 2' microwave, (1) GPS antenna, (2) ground-mounted radio cabinets and an emergency generator on a raised concrete pad, utility backboard, and multi-meter utility service mounted on H-frame within a 50' x 50' fenced lease area. No water or sewer service will be required. This proposal revises the tower placement originally proposed in March 2023.
Last Day for
Public Comment:
July 24, 2023

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 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.

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.

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 Comments

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.

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).

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.