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News: 09/15/2017

SVCAC looks at rental ban request, cannabis permit, more

The next meeting of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC) will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., in the Sonoma Police Department Community Room, 177 First St. West in Sonoma.

Included on the Sept. 27 agenda is a request from some property owners in the gated neighborhood of Morningside Mountain Dr./Vigilante Trail/Oso Trail to ban future vacation rentals.

As part of the county’s vacation rental ordinance, neighborhoods can request an “X Exclusion Zone” to prohibit new rentals if certain criteria are met. In this case, many homeowners in the approximately 20-parcel neighborhood cite an increase in fire danger by short-term rentals. Many of the homes are hard to access, and located on hilly and highly vegetated terrain.

There are a handful of homeowners in the area that are opposing the vacation rental ban request.

The SVCAC will also review a cannabis use permit request for a small, light cultivation and onsite processing project on a 5.25 acre parcel located at 5091 Arnold Dr. in Sonoma. The site is currently vacant.

The property is zoned for agriculture. The proposal includes the installation of three greenhouses, comprising about 10,000 square feet. A structure to house an office and areas for processing, drying, trimming and storage would be built – about 3,000 square feet.

Also on the SVCAC’s agenda is a mixed use project located at 18010 and 18020 Bonita Way in Sonoma. Known as the Springs Container Project, the proposal is to use cargo containers for commercial, retail and residential space. Specifically, there would be 1,056 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and three below-market housing rental spaces.

The SVCAC is an advisory panel that makes recommendations to government planning officials on development projects.

For more information about the SVCAC meetings, contact Pat Gilardi, District Director to Supervisor Gorin, at

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