Court blocks non-permitted work
By Liz Watson
A temporary restraining order awarded to Sonoma County has effectively stopped work on a Glen Ellen home. It is the latest effort to stop non-permitted work potentially threatening Sonoma Creek.
This latest effort to stop further illegal, non-permitted fill work at 4892 Warm Springs Road came after repeated attempts to explain the permitting process to the homeowner. Because the property sits above Sonoma Creek, neighbors notified county code enforcement about waterflow and healthy creek ecology, as well as potential flooding. They also reached out to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife about their concerns.
The work has been ongoing for nearly a year. The previous owner was granted a grading permit in 2018, but county code enforcement filed a notice of substandard housing in 2019, citing failing retaining walls adjacent to the house and an eroded bank under the rear patio.
Code enforcement staff gave notice to the current property owner last year for grading that exceeded the scope of the original permit, and for attempting to build a higher retaining wall than what is permitted.