Wind Energy Ordinance Amendment, PLP02-0024


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Wind Energy Ordinance Amendment, PLP02-0024
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Document Description
To expedite processing of applications for small wind energy systems (SWES) in the all zoning districts (Coastal and Inland) other than R1, R2, R3, and PC, this Ordinance amendment would do the following: 1. Establish a new overlay zoning district ("Overlay Zone") that includes the Urban Service Area and the area 2,500 feet beyond the Urban Service Area line. 2. Delete the prohibition on SWES within "urbanized areas" as defined in Government Code Section 65892.13 (AB 1207) and on lots less than one acre in size. 3. In accord with the table, prohibit towers taller than 40 feet on parcels less than one acre size; prohibit towers over 65 feet on parcels less than five acres in size within the new Overlay Zone; within the Overlay Zone, require a Minor Use Permit for smaller systems and a Use Permit for larger systems; and outside the Overlay Zone, allow SWES with a Zoning Permit without Noticing.

Contact Information

David Hardy
Agency Name
Sonoma County Permit and Resources Management Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire, California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Local Actions
Ordinance Amendment
Project Issues

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