ORD16-001 Winery Events Ordinance


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
ORD16-001 Winery Events Ordinance
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Adopt an Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma, State of California, amending Sonoma County Code Chapter 26 (Zoning Regulations) to add winery definitions and standards for new winery visitor serving uses on lands zoned Land Intensive Agriculture, Land Extensive Agriculture, and Diverse Agriculture (outside of the coastal zone).

Contact Information

Hannah Spencer
Agency Name
Permit Sonoma
Job Title
Supervising Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections 15308 and 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The Ordinance proposes zoning amendments that do not create an intensification of use of land, involve specific development, or increase development beyond what County Code currently allows by Use Permit in agricultural zones. Further, the Ordinance implements General Plan Land Use Element and Agriculture Resource Element policies and programs to protect and enhance agricultural lands and the unique character of unincorporated communities and areas, as designated by the Board, while allowing for land uses and development associated with agricultural- production, processing, and visitor serving uses authorized by General Plan Land Use Element Policy 2.6, consistent with the General Plan Agriculture Resource Element policies for promoting and marketing agricultural products. The changes proposed by the Ordinance are in line with current application evaluation practices which requires a discretionary review process, including CEQA review, for winery visitor serving uses. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply.
County Clerk


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