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County of Yolo   
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT




Taro Echiburu
DIRECTOR
 
292 West Beamer Street
woodland, CA 95695-2598
(530) 666-8775 FAX (530) 666-8156
www.yolocounty.org

 
 
YOLO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
CHAIR:
VICE-CHAIR:     
MEMBERS:         
Darin Hall
Elisabeth Dubin
Trini Campbell, Chuck Dudley, Marcia Gibbs, Amon Muller, Patrick Reynolds

MINUTES

January 16, 2020
             
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENDA
             
8:30 a.m.
             
1. CALL TO ORDER
  Chair Reynolds called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
             
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
             
3. ROLL CALL
Present: Trini Campbell, Elisabeth Dubin, Charles (Chuck) Dudley, Darin Hall, Amon Muller, Patrick Reynolds
Staff Present: Leslie Lindbo, Chief Assistant Director of Community Services
Stephanie Cormier, Principal Planner
Eric May, Senior Deputy County Counsel
Evelyn Tamayo-Arias, Commission Clerk
             
4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
  The December 03, 2019 minutes were approved as presented.

Motion: Campbell Second: Dubin
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Hall, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: None
Absent: Dudley (arrived after vote), Gibbs
             
5. REQUEST FOR CONTINUANCES
  There was no request for continuance.
             
6. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
  The agenda was approved as presented.

Motion: Muller Second: Hall
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Hall, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: None
Absent: Dudley (arrived after vote), Gibbs
             
7. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
  A motion was made to nominate Commissioner Hall as Chair of the Planning Commission.

Motion: Muller Second: Campbell
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: Hall
Absent: Dudley (arrived after vote), Gibbs


A motion was made to nominate Commissioner Dubin as Vice Chair of the Planning Commission.

Motion: Campbell Second: Reynolds
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Hall, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: None
Absent: Dudley (arrived after vote), Gibbs
             
8. PUBLIC COMMENT: Opportunity for members of the public to address the Planning Commission on subjects not otherwise on the agenda relating to Planning Commission business. The Planning Commission reserves the right to impose a reasonable limit on time afforded to any topic or to any individual speaker.
  There was no public comment.
             
9. CORRESPONDENCE
  There was no correspondence.
             
TIME SET AGENDA
             
10. ZF #2019-0006:  Request for a Use Permit to construct a “medium-sized” solar energy system on approximately 19 acres of a 31-acre agriculturally-zoned parcel, west of and adjacent to the City of Winters and immediately north of and adjacent to PG&E’s Putah Creek Substation (APN: 030-200-016); adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (SCH#2019109000). Applicant/Owner: Putah Creek Solar Farms LLC/Putah Creek Land Company; Planner: SCormier
  Stephanie Cormier presented the staff report. Dan Martinez and Steven Smith answered the Commission's questions.

The following individuals addressed the Commission during public comment:
  • Ernie Gaddini
  • Debbie Hunter
A motion was made to approve staff recommendations with the following changes shown in strike through and underline:

Change 1: Modification to a portion of Condition of Approval 37 and Mitigation Measure BIO-1

Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle. The following measures will be implemented as a condition of approval to reduce potential indirect impacts during removal of the orchard and installation of the solar development.
  • Fencing. Establish a no-encroachment buffer along Dry Creek and install temporary construction fencing to delineate the buffer during installation of the solar arrays. This buffer should be at least 100 feet from the edge of the riparian corridor with the exception of the small areas at array corners where the arrays encroach into the buffer. At these locations, the buffer fence should be installed at the maximum distance possible from the creek. No fencing shall be placed within the 100-foot buffer. Prohibit all encroachment within the buffer.
Change 2: Modification to Condition of Approval 3

The solar facility will be required to maintain minimum standard setbacks as prescribed in the County’s Solar Energy Systems Ordinance outlined in Section 8-2.1104(g)(4) and as otherwise identified by mitigation incorporated into the project’s Conditions of Approval to protect biological resources (see COA #37). The facility shall be designed to minimize any identified impacts to adjacent agricultural operations and riparian features associated with Dry Creek. If the project footprint is reduced prior to construction, the design should strive to maximize the distance from the closest residence to the extent feasible.

Motion: Muller Second: Campbell
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Dudley, Hall, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: None
Absent: Gibbs




             
REGULAR AGENDA
             
11. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

A report by the Secretary of the Planning Commission on items from the recent Board of Supervisors meetings relevant to the Planning Commission and Department of Community Services activities for the month. No discussion by other commission members will occur except for clarifying questions. The commission or an individual commissioner can request that an item be placed on a future agenda for discussion.
  Leslie Lindbo provided the Director's Report.
             
12. COMMISSION REPORTS

Reports by commission members on information they have received and meetings they have attended which would be of interest to the commission or the public. No discussion by other commission members will occur except for clarifying questions.
  The Commissioners provided their reports.
             
13. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

The opportunity for commission members to request an item be placed on a future agenda for discussion. No discussion by other commission members will occur except for clarifying questions.
  The future agenda items were discussed during the Director's report.
             
ADJOURNMENT
  The meeting adjourned at 10:44 a.m.

Motion: Dudley Second: Campbell
Ayes: Campbell, Dubin, Dudley, Hall, Muller, Reynolds
Noes: None
Abstain: None
Absent: None
             
Next meeting scheduled for: February 13, 2020
The Regular Meeting of the Yolo County Planning Commission adjourned at 10:44 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Yolo County Planning Commission is February 13, 2020 in the Board of Supervisors’  Chambers.

Any person who is dissatisfied with the decisions of this Planning Commission may appeal to the Board of Supervisors by filing with the Clerk of the Board within fifteen days from the date of the action. A written notice of appeal specifying the grounds and an appeal fee immediately payable to the Clerk of the Board must be submitted at the time of filing. The Board of Supervisors may sustain, modify, or overrule this decision.

Respectfully submitted by,




Leslie Lindbo, Secretary
Yolo County Department of Community Services
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