Minor and Technical Revisions to the County Code Provisions Governing New Vineyard and Orchard Development, Vineyard & Orchard Replanting, Agricultural & ...

Summary

SCH Number
2021030449
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Minor and Technical Revisions to the County Code Provisions Governing New Vineyard and Orchard Development, Vineyard & Orchard Replanting, Agricultural & ...
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/19/2021

Document Description
The Sonoma County Code is being amended to make minor and technical revisions to Chapter 36 (New Vineyard and Orchard Development, Vineyard and Orchard Replanting, and Agricultural Grading and Drainage) and Chapter 11 (Construction Grading and Drainage) to establish a registration process for low-impact vineyard replanting and to clarify or strengthen requirements, procedures, and definitions. The revisions to Chapter 36 include establishing a definition of low-impact vineyard replanting; establishing an exemption from vineyard and orchard replanting permit requirements for low-impact vineyard replanting where authorized by a valid low-impact vineyard replanting registration; establishing a registration requirement for low-impact vineyard replanting; establishing registration procedures and approval criteria for low-impact vineyard replanting; establishing a one-year term for low-impact vineyard replanting registrations; establishing a final inspection requirement for work performed under a low-impact vineyard replanting registration; and making miscellaneous changes to clarify or strengthen requirements, procedures, and definitions. The revisions to Chapter 11 include miscellaneous changes to clarify or strengthen requirements, procedures, and definitions to maintain consistency with Chapter 36.

Contact Information
John Mack
Permit Sonoma
Lead/Public Agency
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone : (707) 565-1233
John.Mack@sonoma-county.org

Location

Cities
countywide
Counties
Sonoma
Regions
Countywide
Cross Streets
NA
State Highways
County wide
Other Location Info
Minor alterations to existing ordinance

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15307 & 15308, 15061(b)
Reasons for Exemption
These exemptions cover actions taken by regulatory agencies as authorized by state law or local ordinance to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of natural resources or the environment where the regulatory process involves procedures for the protection of the environment. Construction activities and relaxation of standards allowing environmental degradation are not included in these exemptions. The proposed project is also exempt from CEQA under Section 15061(b)(3) of the State CEQA Guidelines because it can be seen with certainty that the project (ordinance) will have no significant impact on the environment. The basis for these determinations is that the proposed project only makes changes to Chapter 36 of the County Code to establish a registration process for low-impact vineyard replanting and to clarify or strengthen requirements, procedures, and definitions, only makes changes to Chapter 11 of the County Code to clarify or strengthen requirements, procedures, and definitions to maintain consistency with Chapter 36 of the County Code, and does not involve construction or any other activity that could physically change the environment.
County Clerk
Sonoma

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
VESCO NOE 3   PDF 87 K

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