Master Plan Process
News: On January 24, 2012, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors took final action and approved certification of the Environmental Impart Report (EIR) and approved the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport Master Plan and related General Plan and Zoning amendments.
Past events leading up to adoption of the Airport Master Plan in January 2012:
In 2004 the Board of Supervisors directed the Airport to develop a Master Plan Update to project Airport needs over the next 20 years.
In 2005 the Airport hired Mead & Hunt as a consultant to assist with the development of the Master Plan Update. Mead & Hunt put together the elements of the Master Plan.
In 2006 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formed a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to advise and assist the Airport staff and master plan consulting team by communicating community feedback on potential changes and impacts from the proposed Airport Master Plan Update. The CAC conducted six meetings between August 2006 and May 2007 at which the elements of the plan were discussed.
In May of 2007, the Draft Master Plan Update was completed, published, and ready for public review. The plan was viewed by and commented on by the public on this website and was discussed and commented on at public meetings.
The Board of Supervisors reviewed and accepted the plan on December 4, 2007.
Once the Board accepted the Master Plan, the Environmental Review began. This process typically takes 18-24 months to complete, but delays can occur. Existing and potential environmental effects and appropriate mitigating measures must be considered throughout the Environmental Review process.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released on August 5, 2011, and a 45-day public meeting and public comment period commenced. The public comment period closed on September 19, 2011, at 5 PM PDT.
After the comment period closed the County analyzed and responded to comments and prepared the Final EIR (FEIR), to include all written comments received regarding the project’ environmental impacts.
The FEIR was presented to the Planning Commission on December 1, 2011, where the Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommendation the project to the Board of Supervisors (BOS).
On January 10, 2012, the FEIR was presented to the BOS and a public hearing was held. The BOS heard comments and discussed certifying the FEIR. A straw vote was taken and the five Supervisors cast their straw votes in favor of certifying the FEIR and adopting the Master Plan Update.
On January 24, 2012, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors took final action and approved certification of the Environmental Impart Report (EIR) and approved the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport Master Plan and related General Plan and Zoning amendments.