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Density rezone and sanitation hazard plans at May NSVMAC

County experts will inform the North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council members and audience with an overview of an ambitious county plan to increase housing densities for scattered properties throughout the unincorporated areas in all five supervisorial districts, as well as an impending upgrade of the Sonoma Valley Sanitation District’s plans to cope with hazards and disasters. The intent is to encourage more affordable housing to meet a growing housing shortage.

Having identified which parcels might be targeted, an Environmental Impact Report to be prepared will serve any or all of the covered parcels selected for zoning density increases in the future, thereby speeding up the process considerably. A separate EIR for each rezoning will not be required. The time to comment or object to future housing density upgrades is now.

Nina Bellucci will be on hand for Permit Sonoma to review what the rezoning proposal entails and how it will work. She will explain the project, the EIR process, and when and how public input can be made. Only two of the hundreds of parcels under consideration are in Sonoma Valley, and both are in Glen Ellen.

Parastou Hooshialsadat, Barry Dugan and Gent Gylfe will appear for the Sonoma Water Agency to explain how the Sonoma Valley Sanitation District will cope with future wildfires, floods, earthquakes and other disasters under its revised hazard mitigation plans, prompted by recent wildfires and impending drought conditions.

They will also discuss Kenwood Water Resiliency and Improvements from 2017.

Other items

The Council will receive an update from Supervisor Susan Gorin, as well discuss budget requests and opportunities to fund community organizations requests.

A project update and system use tutorial from Permit Sonoma will be considered for the June meeting, tentatively set for June 16.

The virtual meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. on May 19. Details can be found online at