Public Record Re-Opened! Email Your Concerns Now!!

The Sonoma County Planning Commission has re-opened the public record on proposed alterations to the Sonoma County General Plan by The Dutra Group and will hold a public hearing on March 5th. Express your concerns about altering the existing Noise Element Standards at Haystack Landing to allow for the construction and operation of an Asphalt Plant. These alterations will greatly impact the quality of life for local residences and businesses, permanently harm surrounding wildlife and wetlands, and destroy Shollenberger Park as we know it today.

Written comments submitted by this Thursday (2/26) will be included in the packet submitted to the planning commissioners, but comments will be accepted up until the March 5th hearing. Email your statements to Steve Padovan:

The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department has received application PLP04-0046 from Dutra Group, et. al., requesting:

1) A General Plan Amendment to change the land use designation on APN’s 019-320-022 and 023 from Limited Commercial to Limited Industrial;

2) A General Plan Text Amendment;

3) An Area Plan Amendment to the Petaluma Dairy Belt Area Plan to change the land use designation on the above parcels from Limited Commercial to Limited Industrial;

4) A Zone Change on these same parcels from LC (Limited Commercial), HD (Historic District), SR (Scenic Resources), SD (Scenic Design), F2 (Floodplain) to M3 (Limited Rural Industrial);

5) A Use Permit for an asphalt batch plant, aggregate distribution facility and recycling operation with a maximum output of 665,000 tons per year; and

6) A Design Review Permit for a new industrial operation along a Scenic Corridor and in a scenic design area on three parcels totaling 38 acres located at 3355 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma; Supervisorial District No. 2.

At the February 3, 2009 Board of Supervisors public hearing, the Board referred a proposed General Plan text amendment not previously considered by the Planning Commission back to the Planning Commission for consideration and recommendation to the Board. The proposed General Plan text amendment would add a General Plan Planning Area Policy to allow the project to exceed the noise standards contained in Table NE-2 of the General Plan Noise Element.

The Sonoma County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on March 5, 2009 at 1:40pm to consider and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the above referenced General Plan Policy. The public hearing will be limited solely to the above referenced General Plan Policy and will not include review of any other aspects/merits of the project or associated environmental impacts.

If you challenge the decisions on the project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues previously raised at the hearing or in written form prior to or at the hearing.

Written comments should be submitted to Steve Padovan: , Permit and Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 707.565.1352.


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