FAIRFIELD — The Planning Commission this week turned the fourth Solano County advisory panel to approve language changes in the zoning ordinance – amendments that Planning Manager Allan Calder stated merely carry the county in line with the state codes.
The changes will now go to the Board of Supervisors for remaining approval, with a one-meeting cease to let members of the agriculture group get extra comfy with the amendments that have an effect on land makes use of in agricultural zones.
Except for the Agriculture Advisory Committee, the Solano County Farm Bureau doesn’t suppose the ag group has been supplied an satisfactory alternative to deal with these changes.
“It is our understanding that you have been working hard on this for months now and where we don’t want to take away from your work, we feel it crucial to have adequate time and feedback from the agricultural community,” a letter signed by Farm Bureau President Sean Favero states.
Favero stated in a telephone interview the changes could also be precisely because the county workers contends, however the bureau needs to have a transparent understanding.
“The members are concerned that language can be interpreted in different ways; we just don’t know,” Favero stated.
The assembly with county workers has been set for Thursday. The Farm Bureau requested the Planning Commission vote be postponed till after that assembly.
“It is important to have this time and feedback for several reasons. One is that it creates transparency. Another is it gives time for buy-in. Perhaps most important of the many reasons out there, is it gives an opportunity for ownership. Something like the formation of a committee to work on this with staff allows people who will be affected by it in the community to have skin in the game,” the bureau letter states. “This is what generally has happened in the past. It helps all those affected feel better knowing it has been hashed out to the max even if everyone isn’t on board with all the language or changes presented.”
Commissioner Kelly Rhoads-Poston, who represents the third District, requested whether or not the fee vote ought to be delayed till after the assembly, however planning workers indicated there was some urgency and the matter nonetheless has to go to the supervisors so there will probably be extra alternatives to talk out.
“We understand the concerns of the farming community . . . But at the end of the day, it’s state law,” Terry Schmidtbauer, the director of the Department of Resource Management, advised the fee. “I just don’t see it changing the outcome.”
The vote was 5-0 on Thursday night time. Members of the Board of Supervisors are anticipated to think about the changes someday in February.
Some of the changes are about the altering traits of farming practices, and permitting these makes use of – similar to greenhouse manufacturing – in conventional agricultural zones.
One change additionally redefines particular occasion facilities in ag zones as noncommercial solely.
Restaurants, cafes, bakeries and retail shops are proposed makes use of for the agritourism areas of the county. Labor housing additionally can be allowed.
Other county panels to assessment the language are the Land and Transportation Committee and the Airport Land Use Commission.