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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: March 28, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Registration Required: No

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Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Cornwall
Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 2, Chair Ocana

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Gary Helfrich, Staff
Chelsea Holup, Secretary
Verne Ball, Deputy County Counsel IV

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) 565-6105 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 February 3, 2022 and March 3, 2022


Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

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Item No.:



1:05 PM


Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan Update (PLP13-0014)


County of Sonoma


Not Applicable

Cont. from:

July 26, 2021


Gary Helfrich

Env. Doc:

The project is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as per Section 15265, Adoption of Coastal Plans and Programs. CEQA does not apply to activities and approvals pursuant to the California Coastal Act by any local government, necessary for the preparation and adoption of a local coastal program.


The State requires Sonoma County to develop and maintain a Local Coastal Program to regulate land use and protect coastal resources in compliance with the Coastal Act. The Revised Public Review Draft - June 2021 of the Local Coastal Plan Update was developed in response to public and agency comments on the Public Review Draft - 2019 and in response to changed conditions along the Sonoma County Coast since the certification of the 2001 Local Coastal Plan.

Sonoma County Planning Commission will resume the virtual public hearing opened on July 26 2021 to receive public comment and consider recommendations on the Public Review Draft of the Local Coastal Plan to the Board of Supervisors in which all interested persons are invited to attend and provide comments.  

The Planning Commission is anticipated to begin final review of recommended changes to the Local Coastal Plan on April 7, 2022 with recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.   The Planning Commission Recommended Draft of the Local Coastal Plan will be considered for adoption by the Board of Supervisors at a future date to be determined.


Various within the Fifth District.


All Item of County Wide Importance.


All Parcels within the Sonoma County Coastal Zone, CC (Coastal Combining District).



Appeal Deadline:


Resolution No.:


Commissioner District 1 Cornwall
Commissioner District 2 Reed
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 3, Chair Ocana


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: UPE21-0048
Project Name: N/A
Applicant: Heather Wright Foye
Staff: Adam Sharron
Location: 15419 Woodside Ct., Glen Ellen
APN: 054-410-007
Project Description: Use Permit to allow for minor deck encroachments within a Riparian Corridor located on a 1-acre parcel zoned RR B6 1, RC100/50 VOH. Project includes the remodel of an existing single-family residence with new attached decks, ADU, free-standing cabana and new landscaping. Use Permit is for minor deck encroachments in RC. New encroachments do not exceed 10% of existing encroachments.
Last Day for
Public Comment:
April 4, 2022

File: UPE20-0037
Project Name: Hoop Houses
Applicant: Mark Feichtmeir
Staff: Joshua Miranda
Location: 17433 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
APN: 133-150-046
Project Description: Use Permit to allow for two 2,880-square foot hoop houses that will be used for in-ground vegetable production on a 13.71-acre residential parcel.
Last Day for
Public Comment:
April 4, 2022

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.