Healdsburg Planning Commission

April 11, 2023 6:00 PM

401 Grove Street, Healdsburg

City Hall - City Council Chamber

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    1. Approval of April 11, 2023 Agenda
    2. Approval of Minutes for March 28, 2023 Regular Meeting and Workshop  
    3. Acceptance of Communications and Correspondence
    4. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
    5. Disclosures of Ex Parte Communications

This time is set aside to receive comments from the public regarding matters of general interest not on the agenda but related to Planning Commission business. Pursuant to the Brown Act, however, the Planning Commission cannot consider any issues or take action on any request during this comment period.


  1.   Item 
      Description:         Design Review Application 2003-02 - AMENDMENT


Description:      A request to remove a condition of approval for an approved design review application for a gas station (Valero). The specific condition of approval imposed by the Planning Commission prohibited the use of “trademark colors” on the gas station canopy. The applicant is requesting the ability to use Valero’s teal and yellow “trademark colors” on the existing canopy.


Location:              186 Dry Creek Road


Applicant:            Gus Ortega / Sign Development Inc.



Determination:    The project is exempt from environmental review pursuant to the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15301 (Class 01), Existing Facilities.

B.        Item    
           Description:         Housing Element Update: GPA 2023-01


Description:      An update to the City of Healdsburg Housing Element of the General Plan. The City of Healdsburg has prepared a comprehensive update to the City’s last adopted Housing Element for the next planning period covering 2023-2031, often referred to as the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. The Housing Element Update (HEU) includes revised goals and policies, and new, modified, and continuing implementation programs. The HEU includes policies, procedures, and incentives in its land use planning and development activities that result in maintenance and expansion of the housing supply to adequately accommodate the City’s anticipated housing needs. The HEU also addresses the City’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. The RHNA allocates housing need based on future estimates of housing unit growth over the planning period (2023-2031). The City was allocated a total of 476 additional units from RHNA. To accommodate its RHNA allocation, the City has identified currently planned and approved development, projected ADU development, and acquisition and conversion of market rate units into affordable units which will surpass the required RHNA allocation. The City does not propose any rezoning of sites or specific site development as part of this planning process. The project is an administrative procedure of updating the City’s Housing Element. Future development of housing projects will require site specific environmental review and entitlement approval.

Location:              Citywide


Applicant:            City of Healdsburg 



Determination:    Pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines, the proposed plan would have no possibility for causing a significant effect on the environment. The Guidelines state in that section that “A project is exempt from CEQA if the activity is covered by the common-sense exemption that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA.” In addition, exceptions to the applicability of a Categorical Exemption, as specified in Section 15300.2(a) through (f) of the CEQA Guidelines, do not apply to the proposed plan. As such, the proposed plan meets all criteria for an exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) and, pursuant to this exemption, “it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment.”

C.        Item     
           Description:         Land Use Code Amendment 2023-02


Description:       Amendments to various sections of the Healdsburg Municipal Code will provide greater clarity and amend the Healdsburg Municipal Code Title 17 (Property and Development) and Title 20 (Land Use Code).  Title 17 Amendment sections include: §17.08.190, §17.08.070, §17.08.330, §17.04.020 and add §17.04.305. Title 20 Amendment sections include: §20.28.130, §20.08.100 Table 8, §20.08.050 Table 4, §20.08.070 Table 6, §20.08.150 Table 11, §20.08.145 Table 10, §20.08.310, §20.20.055, §20.16.045, §20.16.055, §20.08.075, §20.28.080 and add §20.20.110.    Amendments to Title 17 intend to provide greater clarity regarding off-site easements, rights-of way, acceptance dates, improvements for dwellings, Planning and City Council powers and duties and the addition of §17.04.305, Approval of Final Parcel Maps.   Amendments to Title 20 include general Land Use Code clean-ups including clarifying sections to align with state standards regarding Large Family Daycares, amending typographical errors, amending use tables to be consistent throughout, and the addition of §20.20.110, Temporary Use Permits, to provide standards for temporary uses.


Location:              Citywide


Applicant:            City of Healdsburg 



Determination:    The proposed amendments are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines.





Scott Duiven, Community Development Director, April 6, 2023

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Disabled Accommodations: The City of Healdsburg will make reasonable accommodations for persons having special needs due to disabilities. Please contact Amanda Gray, Administrative Technician, at Healdsburg City Hall, 401 Grove Street, Healdsburg, California, 707-431-3393, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, to ensure the necessary accommodations are made. 

Public Comments: Persons speaking on items on this agenda are requested to provide their name, address and the subject of their comments. Comments are generally limited to three minutes, however additional time may be granted by the Commission Chair as appropriate, depending on the scope of the project.

Appeals: Anyone that does not agree with the Commission’s decision may appeal the decision to the City Council, provided that a written appeal is filed within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the Commission’s action.