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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: May 20, 2021

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

Registration Required: No

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Hearing for the Board of Zoning Adjustments, part of the Sonoma County Planning Agency, discussing applications for Use Permits, Zoning Variances, and Coastal Development Permits.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (and as needed)

Webinar Information

Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting by calling in or by using the Zoom application:

Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 3 Ocana
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Davis
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Nina Bellucci, Planner
Chelsea Holup, Secretary
Jennifer Klein, Chief Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accomodation

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.
Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions
Commissioner Announcements

View documents for all items listed digitally

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

Item Number: 1
Time: 1:05 PM
File Number: PLP20-0018
Applicant: County of Sonoma
Owner: N/A
Cont. from: N/A
Staff: Nina Bellucci
Env Doc:

Environmental Impact Report


Rezoning Sites for Housing Draft Environmental Impact Report





District: All


Appeal Deadline:
Resolution No:

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 3 Ocana
Commissioner District 4 Deas
Commissioner District 5 Davis
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed


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 and time extensions 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 Number: UPC20-0002
Project Name: Cannabis Cultivation Use Permit
Applicant: Korbin Ming
Staff: Shawna Brekke-Read

4800 Cavedale Road, Glen Ellen



Project Description:

Request for a Minor Use Permit to allow 37,000 square feet of commercial cannabis cultivation within a 132.3-acre parcel. The parcel is zoned Resources and Rural Development (RRD), B6 40-acre density, Local Area Guidelines for Taylor/Sonoma/Mayacamas Mountain areas (LG/MTN), Scenic Landscape (SR), and Riparian Corridor (RC50/50). The Minor Use Permit would allow the cultivation of cannabis. The project area has a total of 73,500 sq. ft. and is divided by a dirt access road. The project areas include a cultivation area of 37,000 sq. ft., propagation in 2,400 sq. ft. (8 hoop houses), and an existing container for storage. There are no plans for construction for this Use Permit application. The project site would be for cultivation only, and all cannabis crop yields will be sold and transported through a third party processor and distributor. All shipping and deliveries would be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A maximum of eight (8) employees would be on site at any one time, all of whom will be 21 years of age or older. The site would not be open to the public.

Last Day for
Public Comment:
June 14, 2021

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.

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.