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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Public Meetings & Notices

Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Report and First Hearing of an Ordinance to Adopt a Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags

Notice is hereby given that on January 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) will hold a Public Hearing at Santa Rosa City Hall, located at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, California. At that time, the SCWMA will consider a proposed ordinance to adopt a waste reduction program for carryout bags (the Ordinance). The Ordinance proposes to reduce solid waste related to the use and litter of paper and plastic carryout bags received by customers at retail establishments in Sonoma County.

As the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, the SCWMA determined that an Environmental Impact Report was necessary to study the potential impacts associated with the adoption of the Ordinance. Accordingly, an EIR (SCH # 2012102039) was prepared. The Final EIR is now complete and addresses environmental impacts and analyzes alternatives to the proposed Ordinance. All impacts were found to be either beneficial or less than significant, with no mitigation measures required.

At this public hearing, the SCWMA Board of Directors will consider and may certify the Final EIR and may vote to introduce and hear or waive the first reading of the Ordinance.

The Final EIR and the proposed Ordinance are available for viewing at the SCWMA's website at: www.recyclenow.org/agency/reports.asp (the ordinance is at the end of the Final EIR document). Copies of the documents are also available for viewing at the SCMWA office at 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

Carryout Bag Waste Reduction Ordinance Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meetings

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed regulation promoting a uniform program for reducing waste by decreasing the use of single use carryout bags.  The proposed Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags would regulate the use of paper and plastic single use carryout bags within the geographical limits of Sonoma County, including the nine incorporated cities and town, starting July 1, 2013. The intent of the ordinance is to reduce the environmental impacts related to the use of single use carryout bags, and to promote a shift toward the use of reusable bags.

As specified by the State CEQA Guidelines, the Notice of Preparation (PDF: 500 KB) will be circulated for a 30-day review period.  The SCWMA welcomes agency and public input during this period regarding the scope and content of environmental information that must be included in the Draft EIR. Responses to this Notice of Preparation may be submitted, in writing, by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2012, to:

Patrick Carter, Department Analyst
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
email: patrick.carter@sonoma-county.org
fax: (707) 565-3701

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS: Scoping meetings will be held during the comment period to take comments related to the scope of the environmental issues to be analyzed within the Draft EIR. The dates, times, and locations of the scoping meetings are listed below. 

  • October 30, 2012, 6 pm, Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial, North Room, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa
  • November 1, 2012, 6 pm, Sonoma Veterans Memorial, Lounge Room, 126 First Street West, Sonoma
  • November 2, 2012, 6 pm, Petaluma Veterans Memorial, Conference Room A, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S., Petaluma
  • November 7, 2012, 6 pm, Windsor Community Center, Elsbree Hall, 901 Adele Drive, Windsor

Meeting for public comment on the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for SCWMA Compost Facility

This meeting will allow public comment on the recirculated DEIR for the proposed compost facility.  The recirculated Draft EIR (PDF: 5.72 MB) is available for a 45 day public comment period from October 4, 2012 through November 19, 2012.  See the notice of availability (PDF: 230 kB) Copies of the RDEIR are available to the public for review or purchase at the SCWMA office in Santa Rosa (2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403) and available for review at local libraries throughout the County. Electronic copies of the RDEIR and also the previous December 2011 Draft EIR are available online at: ttp://www.recyclenow.org/agency/reports.asp.

The SCWMA will also hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Ray Miller Community Center – Cotati Room, 216 East School Street, Cotati, CA 94931. This hearing will allow public comment on the RDEIR for the proposed Central Site Alternative. Comments received during the comment period, including the public hearing, will be considered by the SCWMA during the preparation of the Final EIR.  Comments may be submitted in writing to:

Mr. Patrick Carter, Department Analyst
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax: (707) 565-3701
patrick.carter@sonoma-county.org

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403