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October 5, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma launches 24/7 vacation rental complaint hotline

Permit Sonoma announced today the launch of a new vacation rental complaint hotline to assist neighbors and ensure compliance with vacation rental regulations. The hotline will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to improve the experience for neighbors and others who seek to report vacation rental ordinance violations. Read full story


October 4, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors adopts well drilling moratorium

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved a moratorium for new well permits until April 4, 2023 in Sonoma County to allow staff more time to develop recommendations for updating the county’s well ordinance. The board also directed Permit Sonoma, Sonoma County’s natural resources and permitting agency, to establish a Technical Advisory Committee to make recommendations for implementing Public Trust Review requirements. Read full story


September 30, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention to close Chipper Program applications for 2022

Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention Division announced that it will be closing seasonal applications for its Curbside Chipper Program on Oct. 1, 2022. The service supports residents of unincorporated Sonoma County in creating defensible space around their homes, neighboring roadsides and reduces vegetation along access routes. Read full story


September 26, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Coastal Conservancy approves $250,000 grant to begin plans for Climate Adaptation Center in Sonoma Developmental Center redevelopment

The California State Coastal Conservancy has approved a grant of up to $250,000 to the County of Sonoma for exploring the creation of a Climate Adaptation Center at the Sonoma Developmental Center development. Read full story


September 13, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors approves $360,000 contract for wildfire structural hardening assessments

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted today to approve a $361,034 contract with Wildfire Defense Works to provide structural hardening assessments in pre-identified project locations throughout the county. Wildfire Defense Works will perform between 250 to 1,000 structural hardening assessments for Permit Sonoma’s Wildfire Adapted program. The contract is a portion of the $2.6 million in grant funding received by the county as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Read full story


September 13, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Planning Commission to hold hearing on draft Environmental Impact Report for Sonoma Developmental Center

The Sonoma County Planning Commission will hold a hearing and seek public feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Report and draft specific plan for the Sonoma Developmental Center on Sept. 15, 2022 at 1 p.m. The draft Environmental Impact Report evaluated a proposed specific plan for the Sonoma Developmental Center site, two lower density alternatives, and two scenarios where the county doesn’t proceed with a project in 16 key areas of the property. Read full story


September 9, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma announces new revisions to draft well permit ordinance

Permit Sonoma today announced revisions to a proposal the Board of Supervisors will consider on Tuesday, Oct. 4, that seeks to enact new standards for drilling wells in Sonoma County. Read full story


August 26, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors to hold draft Local Coastal Plan Update workshop

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to hold a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 30 to review and seek public comment on the Planning Commission Recommended Draft of the Local Coastal Plan Update. The proposed Local Coastal Plan Update will be the first update in 20 years and will be considered for adoption by the board on Oct. 4. Read full story


August 15, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma releases draft Environmental Impact Report for Sonoma Developmental Center

Permit Sonoma today released the draft Environmental Impact Report and a draft specific plan concerning the future development of the Sonoma Developmental Center site. The report evaluated 16 key areas of the proposed specific plan, a lower density alternative, a historic preservation alternative, and two alternatives where the County does not adopt a plan and the State leads development of the site. Read full story


August 4, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma announces draft Housing Strategy workshop

Permit Sonoma will present its draft Housing Strategy at the August 9 meeting of the Board of Supervisors and seek feedback from the supervisors and public. Permit Sonoma will also seek board approval of a resolution to seek designation of Sonoma County as a “Prohousing” jurisdiction by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Read full story