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News: 03/01/2011

Workshop on new ag preserve, zoning rules



The county’s Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) will be holding a workshop on Monday, March 7, to answer questions and receive input on proposed changes to the zoning code and modification of rules for Williamson Act agricultural preserves.

The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in the PRMD hearing room, 2550 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa.

The Williamson Act gives property owners tax breaks if they use their land for agriculture or open space. The proposed changes address the issue of how much of a property has to be in ag or open space to qualify, as well as clarify what kind of agricultural uses comply with state criteria for the Williamson Act.

In addition, the workshop will involve proposed changes to the zoning code, including allowing agricultural processing facilities in AR (Agriculture and Residential) zones, allowing agricultural homestays on agricultural zoning districts, and clarifying zoning language having to do with the reduction of allowable building coverage on a property.

This is an informal workshop with PRMD and legal staff to answer questions and get input on the draft rules and zoning ordinances. This is not a public hearing with the Planning Commission.

The next Planning Commission public hearing on these issues is March 17, at 2 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.

To get more specifics on these proposals, go to www.sonoma-county.org/prmd, or call PRMD supervising planner Dave Hardy at 565-1924.



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