January 2018

Sonoma County Recovers Site

The Sonoma County Recovers website is dedicated to the recovery efforts related to the Sonoma County fires and is a resource for all things concerning these unprecedented disasters that have affected our community.

The site provides information regarding: returning to your property, debris removal, rebuilding, property taxes, maps & data, financial assistance, safety updates, additional resources, news and more.

Map Identifies Areas at Risk of Flooding, Mudflows in Aftermath of Wildfires

The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard assessment map is now available online here.

The post-fire hazard assessment map was created using a multi-agency analysis of the burn areas and identifies areas that have a high, moderate or low hazard estimate for flash floods, mudflows and debris flows. Wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and soil conditions and leave the ground unable to absorb water, creating ideal conditions for flash flooding and mudflows.

Visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org/rain-ready for information on how to be prepared.

Rebuilding Together

A new website has been created with information and resources on rebuilding in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County impacted by the wildfires. There you will find details related to rebuilding, bridge access and repair, and other permitting topics.

Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces Annual Report

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appoints members to 75 Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces. The annual reports provide a summary of activities reported by these bodies, along with information regarding the purpose of each body.

Community Investment Program Application Period Opens on January 19th

Join us at an educational workshop to review eligibility requirements, the application process, policy requirements, and to answer questions about this grant program.

A foundational goal of the program is to encourage tourism in the County by supporting a series of promotional, community, and cultural activities through the use of Community Investment funds for: regional and national advertising, support of the community’s spirit and its art/cultural programs, and promotion of other special events.
Attendance is not required but if this is your first time applying for these grants we strongly encourage you to attend.

If you are interested in applying for a Community Investment Program grant, it is recommended you attend the educational workshop on Friday January 19th at 10 AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

The County of Sonoma issued the first Cannabis Cultivation Permit on December 4, 2017. Shannon and Cameron Hattan, co-founders of Fiddlers Greens, were issued a Zoning Permit from the Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures, which allows up to 10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation on their property outside of Sebastopol. The Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures and Permit Sonoma expect to issue additional medical cannabis cultivation permits in early January 2018.

The Cannabis Advisory Group, which provides information, perspective, and feedback to the County for developing and implementing the local cannabis programs, will have its fifth meeting on January 24th.

Celebrating Regional Parks 50th Anniversary and Updated Website

Sonoma County Regional Parks celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017! The celebration continues into 2018 with a variety of educational walks and classes for all ages.

The Regional Parks system includes more than 50 parks and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay.

Get Your Flu Vaccine

Because the flu is unpredictable and the vaccine takes about two weeks to become fully effective, Sonoma County health officials urge everyone, six months and older, to get vaccinated as flu season is upon us. Ensuring timely flu shots can prevent a disease that hospitalizes 200,000 Americans every year. Please protect yourself and your family and get the vaccine. To find a location near you, visit vaccinefinder.org .

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