Sonoma County Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Update and General Plan Amendment


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Sonoma County Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Update and General Plan Amendment
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Agriculture/Land Intensive Agriculture, Land Extensive Agriculture, Diverse Agriculture, and Resources and Rural Development zones/Agricultural, Resources, & Rural Development

Document Description
The County of Sonoma is proposing to adopt amendments to the County Code, Chapter 26 and new Chapter 38, to allow expanded ministerial permitting for commercial cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource zoned areas. The County of Sonoma also proposes a general plan amendment to include cannabis within the meaning of agriculture. The proposed new Chapter 38 expands ministerial permitting of commercial cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource zoned areas of the unincorporated county, outside of the coastal zone, sets objective standards for issuance of ministerial permits in those zones to protect public health, safety, and the environment and to promote neighborhood compatibility. It also clarifies and aligns ordinance definitions with state law. The proposed amendments to Chapter 26 are technical in nature. They are designed to align and harmonize with proposed Chapter 38 to avoid duplication concerning ministerial permitting. They also clarify the relationship between the two chapters regarding local land use regulation of cannabis cultivation and supply chain business activity and when a discretionary use permit is required. The ordinance changes include the removal of the prohibition on tasting, promotional activities, and events related to commercial cannabis activities.

Contact Information
McCall Miller
County of Sonoma
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104 A
santa rosa, CA 95403

Phone : (707) 565-2431


Unincorporated Sonoma County outside the Coastal Zone
Countywide Unincorporated
Other Information
Countywide, Unincorporated Sonoma County outside the Coastal Zone

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Update)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Ordinance update
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire Archeological/ Historial/ Water Quality/ Water Supply/ Groundwater/ Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB) Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Department of Toxic Substances Control State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)


Environmental Document
1_ORD20-0005 NOI Public Notice 02-10-2021   PDF 92 K 3_ORD20-0005 SCH Summary Form   PDF 630 K 4_ORD20-0005 SCH Summary Form Addendum   PDF 135 K 5_ORD20-0005 SMND DRAFT 02-11-2021   PDF 1794 K 6_ORD20-0005 DRAFT Chapter 38   PDF 471 K 7_ORD20-0005 DRAFT Amended Chapter 26   PDF 5388 K 8_ORD20-0005 GPA DRAFT   PDF 186 K
2_ORD20-0005 Notice of Completion   PDF 240 K
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]
2021020259_CDFW Comment   PDF 895 K

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