Resilient Infrastructure​

Enhance services to the community by investing in County facilities and infrastructure; including roads, buildings, communications, and flood protection.

Goal 5, Objective 2

Implement land use planning and assessments to address flood protection, including river setbacks and riparian corridors, and make resources available for residents.
On Track

Updated: January 2023

Summary of Objective Implementation Status

Permit Sonoma has continued to implement the existing Riparian Corridor Ordinance which requires zoning or use permits for most human activity in the currently mapped and regulated riparian corridors in the County.

Permit Sonoma has collaborated with the Russian River Regional Monitoring Program (R3MP) to design and implement a study to map all streams in Sonoma County from the headwaters to the ocean or bay. The effort will also develop a mapping procedure for determining the “top of bank” in order to better map the riparian corridor setbacks, as required in the County’s RC combining district. This study will be beginning in Spring of 2023 and will take at lease 18 months to complete.

Key Milestone Update

Permit Sonoma has leveraged funding from the existing R3MP/San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI ) study and is a project partner on this grant project.

Coordination and Partnership Update

Permit Sonoma is working with R3MP on the riparian mapping project for this objective.

Community, Equity, and Climate Update

No updates to report. Extensive and healthy floodplains and riparian corridors continue to be critical to overall watershed health and wildfire and climate resiliency.

Funding Narrative

No new funding efforts have occurred since developing the collaborative project between R3MP and SFEI.