As expected, the County just issued the single page Notice regarding the virtual hearing coming up on Thursday, July 2 at 1:45pm regarding the proposed gas station at Highway 12 & Llano Road. It’s attached.
The notice includes important details about the virtual hearing, sending comments, and commenting at the hearing.
Now is the time to send in an email expressing why you think this project is a bad idea that should be denied. Below are some of the points we’ve raised. There are others. The bottom line is that this area is not zoned for gas stations, minimarts, and carwashes, it is zoned for limited rural industrial uses such as those that are already operating at the location. Existing local businesses would be evicted for this inappropriate intensification of land use.
- There is no need for a gas station in this location. There are 7 existing gas stations within a 5-mile radius
- It is immediately adjacent to the Joe Rodota Trail
- The location is in a priority groundwater basin that is already stressed. Toxic contaminants are at risk of leaking and spilling
- The project proposes three above-ground fuel storage tanks. What is the fire risk? These tanks have not been adequately assessed for safety in the documents.
- The location is in the Laguna de Santa Rosa within California tiger salamander Critical Habitat
- We are in the midst of a climate crisis and should stop building 20th century fossil fuel infrastructure
Please send your comments to the email addresses in this ACTION ALERT.
NOTICE OF A SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENTS
VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER A USE PERMIT TO ALLOW FOR A GAS
STATION, FOOD MART, CARWASH AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE STORAGE
This Notice of Virtual Public Hearing was issued during the Sonoma County
Shelter in Place order. Additional accommodations and digital file review are available
WHO:Project Applicant, George Young,
Permit Sonoma File No. PLP13-0023
WHAT:Request for a Conditional Use Permit for a gas station with six fuel pumps, food mart,
car wash, and RV storage. The project will be supported by two full -time employees and
include two electrical vehicle charging stations available to the public. The food mart will
operate from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days a week. The carwash and electric vehicle
charging stations will also be available during these hours of operation. The project is on a
2.91-acre parcel located at 5300 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, APN 060-040-033.
Supervisorial District 5.
Parcel Zoning: Limited Rural Industrial, Secondary Floodplain, Riparian Corridor, Scenic
Resources, Valley Oak Habitat
The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments will hold a virtual public hearing to
consider adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration and an action approving a Conditional
Use Permit in which all interested persons are invited to attend and provide comments.
An Initial Study was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, and the
project’s potential environmental impacts have been analyzed. A Mitigated Negative
Declaration is proposed which finds that potential environmental impacts have been fully
mitigated to less-than-significant levels. All mitigation measures have been incorporated into
the project conditions of approval.
WHERE & WHEN: The virtual public hearing will be held on
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 1:45 p.m
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS :
Project materials and associated documents normally
available at Permit Sonoma, 2550
Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 are now available through the Project Planner,
Daniel Hoffman at DHoffman@migcom.com or (510) 845-7549 and through
Planner@sonoma-county.org. Alternative record accommodations are available upon
If you have questions or concerns regarding the proposed project please contact the Project
Planner listed above.
Written comments may be submitted prior to or at the hearing. Comments received at least
10 days prior to the hearing date will be included in the staff report; all other comments will
be made available to decision-makers prior to or at the hearing.
If you challenge the decision on the project in court you may be limited to raising only those
issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in
written correspondence delivered to Permit Sonoma at or prior to the public hearing.
NOTICE ALSO PUBLISHED:
Press Democrat, June 19, 2020 DATE: June 19, 2020