ORD21-0001 Modernizing Tree and Woodland Protections


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
ORD21-0001 Modernizing Tree and Woodland Protections
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
On April 30, 2024, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 6478, "Amendments to Sonoma County Code Chapters 25 (Subdivision Code) 26 (Zoning Code) to make technical changes and updates related to tree and woodland protections." The revisions to Chapter 26 include updates to the Definitions section, Tree Protection Ordinance, Riparian Corridor Ordinance, and Minor and Major Timberland Conversion Ordinances. The updates to the Tree Protection Ordinance include expanding the applicability of the ordinance, establishing a permitting process for projects subject to the ordinance and providing updated mitigation options. Updates to the Riparian Corridor Ordinance and Minor and Major Timberland Conversion Ordinances include minor technical revisions to reflect current policy and practice that increase tree protections. 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 15307, 15308 Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment
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 naturaI 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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