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Sonoma County looks to boost renewable energy at homes, businesses

Sonoma County planners are considering whether to relax zoning rules, increase housing densities and reduce parking requirements as ways to encourage more renewable energy generation, such as solar and wind projects. The options were outlined during a public hearing by the Sonoma County Planning Commission on Thursday, the first of two to be held.

County panel denies Hop Kiln Winery’s expansion bid

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.

Planners approve $84 million airport expansion

County planners on Thursday backed a plan to expand Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, voting 4-1 for an $84 million project that includes longer runways, more commercial flights and a new passenger terminal. The timing of the project — and funding — depends on how quickly the county can attract more airlines. Was it the right decision?

Planners raise questions about airport expansion

County planners on Thursday raised questions about expanding Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, an $84 million project that calls for longer runways, more flights and a new passenger terminal. One wants the county to consider a scaled-down version of the project.

Zoning board approves Oakmont cell phone tower

Sonoma County’s zoning board voted unanimously Thursday to allow an 83-foot-tall cell phone tower near Oakmont. Critics said the tower would emit dangerous levels of radiation while supporters said it would finally provide decent cell service in the area.

McGuire puts his stamp on county appointments

They include many of the most sought-after seats on bodies overseeing land-use issues, county open space, human rights, and community and economic development. New Supervisor Mike McGuire nominated his campaign advisor, former Healdsburg City Councilman Jason Liles, for a seat on the county planning commission. Check out the other nominations.