Jun 21, 2020
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).
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, komronshahhosseiniSCPC@gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
BCC TO: firstname.lastname@example.org, Arielle.Wright@sonoma-county.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Larry Reed, 2nd District, firstname.lastname@example.org
Komron Shahhosseini, 3rd District, komronshahhosseiniSCPC@gmail.com
Ariel Kelley, 4th District, email@example.com
Pamela Davis, 5th District, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Project Planner, Daniel Hoffman: email@example.com
Arielle Wright, Planning Secretary: Arielle.Wright@sonoma-county.org
Lynda Hopkins, Board of Supervisors, District 5: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you could bcc or send your letter to CONGAS at email@example.com thank you!
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