“The county should be wondering if it has massive liability for approving development on unsafe roads in violation of state law, especially when such homes are subsequently destroyed in wildfires.”
PRESS RELEASE – STATE BOARD REJECTS SONOMA COUNTY’S FIRE ORDINANCE – NOVEMBER 11, 2020
4. County officials claim the objections to its flawed ordinance only concern commercial cannabis cultivation on narrow residential roads where this activity is incompatible. This false narrative reflects a failure to understand the extent to which fire safety has become paramount to county residents.
During the past three years, more than 20% of Sonoma County has burned in wildland fires and over 6,000 structures were destroyed. Most county residents have evacuated at least once, and virtually all have prepared to evacuate. While model counties are implementing advanced fire safety policies and standards, Sonoma County is pursuing pernicious strategies that endanger its citizens. Will these policies undermine the ability of homeowners to insure their homes and secure mortgages, thus negatively impact the housing market and Sonoma County’s financial future?
Residents as well as the following advocacy groups submitted opposition letters: Bennett Valley Residents for Safe Development, Forests Unlimited, General Plan Update Environmental Coalition, Greenbelt Alliance, Preserve Rural Sonoma County, Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods, Sierra Club, Sonoma County Conservation Council and Wine and Water Watch.