Planning Commission Meeting
Date: September 21, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Registration Required: No
The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for subdivisions, mining permits, and legislative policy matters such the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Zoning changes.
The Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (and as needed).
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 PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org 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 PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org or the project planner to request materials.
1:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of Minutes None
Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions
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
|Applicant:||County of Sonoma|
|Cont. from:||Not Applicable|
|Staff:||Doug Bush & Robert Aguero|
|Env. Doc:||Categorical Exemptions Section 15307 for actions by regulatory agencies for protection of natural resources, 15308 Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment|
|Proposal:||Amendments to Chapter 26 of Sonoma County Code to incorporate an Oak Woodland Ordinance to conserve oak woodlands and their associated community benefits, and rezoning parcels to apply the OAK Oak Woodland Combining District.|
|The Permit Resource and Management Department (Permit Sonoma) recommends that the
Planning Commission find the proposed action exempt from CEQA and adopt a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached Ordinance (Attachment 2).
|Location:||Countywide; not applicable in Coastal Zone|
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.
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.
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.
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: PlanningAgency@sonoma-county.org. 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.