ORD23-0004 Modernizing Tree and Woodland Protections


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
ORD23-0004 Modernizing Tree and Woodland Protections
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Amendments to Sonoma County Code Chapter 26 (Sonoma County Zoning Code Regulations)to to make technical changes and updates related to tree and woodland protections. The revisions to Chapter 26 include updates to the Definitions section, Valley Oak Habitat Combining Zone, and establishing an Oak Woodland Combining District, Updates to the Valley Oak Habitat Combining Zone includes expanding the applicability of the existing combining zone, providing updated mitigation, establishing a permitting process for projects subject to the ordinance, and establishing a new Oak Woodland Combining District that is intended to protect oak woodlands and establish a permitting process for project that may impact oak woodlands. The proposed technical changes and updates provide a framework to guide the County's protection of tree and forest resources when permitting development that could impact tree and forest resources.

Contact Information

Robert Aguero
Agency Name
Permit Sonoma
Job Title
Senior Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Categorical Exemptions Section 15307for actions by regulatoryagenciesfor protection of natural resources, 15308 Actions
Reasons for Exemption
Adoption of the proposed ordinance amendments to County Code are exempt pursuant to the categorical exemptions provided at State CEQA Guidelines §15307 for Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources and §15308 for Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment because the amendments are regulatory in nature and are designed to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement or protection of natural resources and the environment. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. There is no reasonable possibility that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.
County Clerk


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