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OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas

Update: Skirting Protections http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/7459500-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor EDITOR: The recent article about proposed development along Old Redwood Highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa is an example of efforts to skirt protections for open space and greenbelts (“Cloverleaf Ranch a family affair for 70 years,” Sept. 18). The Sonoma County Resource and Permit Department (now Permit Sonoma) and […]

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OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas

We agree that PRMD bends over backwards to mitigate anything the wine industry wants. We believe a moratorium on all winery/events permits until a countywide cumulative impact report is completed should be enacted. As for the “studies” used to mitigate the impacts of the industry, we have seen Bella winery permit approved for traffic impacts after

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