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Supes expand zoning for ag processing


The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a slate of zoning code changes for some types of agricultural land while backing off any limits on vacation rentals on other farming properties.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the zoning changes, the most controversial of which were aimed at agricultural processing and private road access.

Agricultural processing facilities now will be permitted where they previously were prohibited in a mixed-use zoning called agriculture and residential, or AR. The new zoning rules will limit building size by acreage and will prohibit tasting rooms serving alcohol on AR-zoned properties.

About 10,000 AR-zoned parcels exist in the county, with the largest concentrations outside Sebastopol and Petaluma.

In a second hearing, supervisors backed off a proposed cap on vacation rentals on properties zoned land intensive agriculture, or LIA. Currently, about 30 unpermitted rentals operate on LIA-zoned parcels countywide.

Supervisors agreed to a two-year delay in any enforcement and directed county planners to prepare a general plan amendment that would authorize rentals on LIA-zoned properties.

The number of parcels potentially affected countywide is 2,149. All but 66 are in Supervisor Mike McGuire’s 4th District, encompassing much of northern Sonoma County, or Supervisor Valerie Brown’s 1st District, which includes Sonoma Valley.

Real estate interests had opposed a cap and called for rules that would allow rentals on most of the parcels.

3 Responses to “Supes expand zoning for ag processing”

  1. Social Dis-Ease says:

    When you’ve got a spare week of time, try searching Agenda 21 and Agriculture.
    It goes on and on.
    Talk to any rancher, grower, farmer or dairy operator.
    Ask if they feel they are under assault.

    Ask ag. people in the Central Vally.

    What about SB 510?
    Illegal to grow a garden?

    Pretend that some sort of satanic insideous ‘green’ cancer has permeated our Country.

    Then take away the pretend part.

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  2. You're looking at the wrong place says:

    @Social Dis-Ease

    This story has nothing to do with Agenda 21 but if you want to find it go

    http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2012/02/sacramento/county-approves-annadel-takeover-talks/ ‘County approves Annadel takeover talks’

    Here it is and its now. Not pie in the sky years down the road conspiracy crap. And you didn’t even see it coming.

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  3. Social Dis-Ease says:

    More of the totalitarian tip toe that is Agenda 21.
    Our ICLEI adherant BOS is obediantly carrying out directive.
    This will be catastrophic to many ag/small winery operations.
    The assault continues on private property ownership.
    Especially that which is country/rural/ag.
    You are paying your public officials to damage and oppress you.
    Who the hell are they to tell these people what they can do with their land?

    Kinda begs many of us to ask…

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