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There are many significant concerns regarding this project including traffic congestion, risk of contamination of surface and groundwater, risks associated with three above ground fuel storage tanks, proximity to the Joe Rodota Trail, and more. Image: screenshot Google map
There are many significant concerns regarding this project including traffic congestion, risk of contamination of surface and groundwater, risks associated with three above ground fuel storage tanks, proximity to the Joe Rodota Trail, and more. Image: screenshot Google map

Call for Public Input by June 26
On Proposed Sebastopol Road Gas Station
PUBLIC HEARING: JULY 2 

Jun 21, 2020

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By Woody Hastings

5300 Sebastopol Road (Hwy 12 & Llano Road) – proposed gas station, carwash, RV storage and food mart in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa is back on the agenda!

Comments are needed by June 26 in response to Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND).

Click on image to view, or download handout with talking points.Oppose the construction of a new gas station, carwash, RV storage area and minimart in the heart of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a designated “wetland of international significance.” Building new fossil fuel infrastructure during a climate crisis is inappropriate and contrary to the County’s policies on climate change, including the Climate Emergency Resolution approved in September 2019.

This proposal runs against the General Plan and a gas station, a commercial retail use, is not a permitted use in the M3 “Limited Rural Industrial” zone. There is no need for a new gas station at this particular location as there are about seven operational gas stations within a five-mile radius.

There are many significant concerns regarding this project including traffic congestion, risk of contamination of surface and groundwater, risks associated with three above ground fuel storage tanks, intensification of uses in unincorporated Sonoma County between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, proximity to the Joe Rodota Trail, and more.

The link to the relevant document is HERE.

See also the Notice of Intent from Permit Sonoma notifying the public that a 30-day CEQA public hearing review period for the proposed gas station, car wash, RV storage and food mart at 5300 Sebastopol Road (between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, at Hwy 12/Llano Road and adjacent to the Joe Rodota trail) began May 27.

Satellite view of area surrounding 5300 Sebastopol road proposed Gas Station, minimart and RV storage. Screen shot Google maps

Recent developments in the 5300 Sebastopol Road (Llano & Highway 12) Gas Station Proposal On Wednesday, May 27, we received a Notice of Intent to adopt:  A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and Initial Study (IS) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which was circulated and published in the Press Democrat, and received by Permit 

Written comments need to be submitted to the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) by June 26 (see below for contact info.)  A virtual public hearing is scheduled for July 2.

Letters submitted will need to address the IS/MND specifically (not just be general comments about the project). We need to show where there may be errors, gaps, or inconsistencies, or gaps in logic that do not actually result in findings of a “Less than significant” environmental impact.

Important: There is no guarantee that the members of the Board of Zoning Adjustments will have seen the letters that were previously submitted. If you have already submitted a letter, it will be on file with Permit Sonoma, but unless you addressed it to Planning Commissioners, the BZA won’t receive it until a week before the hearing. So now is the time to write again to all five BZA members and staff listed below. If you have not yet submitted a letter, now is the time! Attach your previous letter.

Address the IS/MND specifically (not just be general comments about the project). We need to show where there may be errors, gaps, or inconsistencies, or gaps in logic that do not actually result in findings of a “Less than significant” environmental impact.

SEND TO: greg99pole@gmail.com, larry@reedgilliland.com, komronshahhosseiniSCPC@gmail.com, arielkelley707@gmail.com, pamdavis707@fastmail.com

BCC TO: dhoffman@migcom.com, Arielle.Wright@sonoma-county.org, lynda.hopkins@sonoma-county.org, congas.contact@gmail.com

The Board of Zoning Adjustments is made up of five members of the Planning Agency on a rotating basis. On July 2 there will be a joint meeting of Planning Commissioners and BZA and as far as we know, those who will be hearing this item as the BZA at the July 2 meeting will be:

Send to: ( email ready above )

Greg Carr, 1st District, greg99pole@gmail.com 

Larry Reed, 2nd District, larry@reedgilliland.com 

Komron Shahhosseini, 3rd District, komronshahhosseiniSCPC@gmail.com 

Ariel Kelley, 4th District, arielkelley707@gmail.com 

Pamela Davis, 5th District, pamdavis707@fastmail.com 

Please send copies/ BCC to: ( email ready above )

The Project Planner, Daniel Hoffman: dhoffman@migcom.com 

Arielle Wright, Planning Secretary: Arielle.Wright@sonoma-county.org 

Lynda Hopkins, Board of Supervisors, District 5: lynda.hopkins@sonoma-county.org 

If you could bcc or send your letter to CONGAS at congas.contact@gmail.com   thank you!

Demonstration at location that took place June 18, 2020. Image: winewaterwatch.org

Comments:

Jun 23, 2020
Hello, I would like to provide my opinion on the proposed gas station at Llano Rd and Hwy 12. This is not the time to build more gas stations with the country, indeed the world, dealing with the fallout from climate change caused in great part by fossil fuels. We need to start thinking about eliminating gas stations rather than building more. In addition there are many gas stations already within a short distance and no need for another. This also goes against the County’s own policies on climate change, including the Climate Emergency Resolution approved in September 2019. So why the hypocrisy at a time when we need to start to REVERSE our course on climate change? The above ground storage poses a threat to the surrounding area should anything happen to the tanks and this is adjacent to the Joe Rodota Trail, which many people use to try to get away from the cars and trucks that we are constantly surrounded by. Any issue with the storage could cause irreparable harm to an area that is supposed to be a bit of an oasis to Sebastopol residents. We already have the Chevron station/mini-mart that is within the Laguna area (and less than a mile away) and we all saw that underwater during the flooding. Do we really need another? In addition, the Laguna is a critical habitat for the tiger salamander which is already losing some it's home in the area. We need to start considering not only the increased threat to the environment, but to the animals that we share this planet with. Please do not approve another unnecessary, pollution-generating gas station in our beautiful city. Thank you for your consideration. Kim Krattiger
- Kim Krattiger

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