Tensions ran high at a Sonoma County hearing to approve a dog kennel expansion on Highway 12 Thursday. The proposed expansion of Meadows Kennels increases the current 10-dog limit to 35 dogs over two phases, adding overnight boarding. The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments unanimously approved the kennel expansion after a nearly three hour hearing.
A Sonoma County zoning board Thursday soundly rejected the state’s application to expand the number of beaches along the Sonoma Coast where visitors would be charged for parking. The unanimous decision of the Board of Zoning Adjustments was expected, and likely sets up another showdown on the contentious issue before county supervisors.
The state’s plan to expand the number of beaches along the Sonoma Coast where visitors would be charged for parking faces its first crucial test in Santa Rosa today.
Hop Kiln Winery’s proposal for a major expansion was denied by Sonoma County officials Thursday as being out of scale with the rural Westside Road. Westside Grapes, the owner of Hop Kiln, was also told by the Board of Zoning Adjustments that it needs to resolve lingering illegal uses on the property and come back with a proposal for a new production facility.
Hop Kiln Winery, an iconic presence in the Russian River Valley, wants to triple its wine-making capacity and add an administration and hospitality center for public and private events. If the county approves the plan, Hop Kiln could become the largest winery on Westside Road, a two-lane country road that skirts the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys and is heavily traveled by agriculture workers, winetasters and, increasingly, by recreational bicyclists.