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Front Street New Building Plans

Proposed commercial building with office and retail space at 6524 Front Street, downtown Forestville.

Earth Design Group's proposed two-story office/retail building for 6524 Front St., Forestville

Earth Design Group’s proposed two-story office/retail building for 6524 Front St., Forestville

The Sonoma County Design Review Committee will hold a public hearing on December 20th, 2023 to consider the final design of a new commercial building with office and retail space at 6524 Front Street, downtown Forestville.

All interested persons are invited to attend and provide comments. Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting by calling in or by using the Zoom application:

In-Person Meeting Information:
Members of the public can attend in person at the following location:

Permit Sonoma Front Conference Room
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

This item is #2 on the day’s agenda at or after 1:50pm. File No. DRH22-0014. This is the 2nd Preliminary Design Review. Agenda: https://permitsonoma.org/designreviewcommitteemeetingdecember202023

Permit Sonoma has determined that the project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act under 15303(c) (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) because the project is construction of a new small commercial building within a census-designated urbanized area, with public utilities available, not involving the use of significant hazardous substances, and not in an environmentally sensitive area. The Permit Resource and Management Department (Permit Sonoma) recommends that the Design Review Committee adopt a resolution finding the project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and approve the design of the project. The Design Review Committee will hold a public hearing to consider this item on December 20th, 2023 at or after 1:50 PM in the Permit Sonoma Front Conference Room, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Project materials and associated documents are available at Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and digitally at https://share.sonoma-county.org/link/oodXjbwYB2Y/

For more information about this proposal, to submit comments, questions or concerns related to the project; or to request an accommodation for review of the file, please contact the project planner, Wil Lyons at Wil.Lyons@sonoma-county.org or (707) 565-7388.

Written comments may be submitted via email to the Project Planner through December 19th, 2023 at 12:00PM. All comments will be made available to decision-makers prior to or at the hearing until the start of the meeting. Public attendees will have an opportunity, during the hearing, to submit live comments in person only.

Please refer to the meeting agenda for project materials & instructions on how to attend and participate during the meeting. To view the meeting agenda, please visit: https://permitsonoma.org/designreviewcommitteemeetingdecember202023

Staff recommends that the Design Review Committee adopt a resolution finding the project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under CEQA Guidelines § 15303(c) (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) and approve the design of the proposed 4,260 sq. ft. commercial building on a 0.20-acre parcel to serve the permitted use of office and retail operations located on a parcel along the designated Highway 116/Front Street Scenic Corridor. If the Committee requests minor changes, staff recommends the Committee staff to administratively approve the project upon receipt of updated plans.

Monthly
Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• In-Person at:
6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville
• Via Zoom: Get Link
• For more info, contact:
Board President,
Lucy Hardcastle
Everyone welcome.