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MARCH 15, 2021

Long-delayed rezoning application for Arnold Drive project will go to zoning board in April

By Jay Gamel

Since June of 2018, when the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission voted 5-4 to ask for more information on traffic and parking at a former firehouse at Arnold Drive and Madrone Road before making a final recommendation to approve a cannabis dispensary, no further news has emerged on the status of the project application. The intervening massive wildfire of 2019 and 2020’s global pandemic slowed down many agencies and projects over the last 18 months.

That silence ended last month, when Permit Sonoma published a notice recommending the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) approve a Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact, clearing the way to move the application forward.

According to recent Permit Sonoma records, Hogan Land Services of Santa Rosa is now managing the project for applicant Loe Firehouse, LLC, owned by John Lobro and Samantha Smith, and the property has been purchased from the previous owners and tenants, a medical device company. “I have been the 100-percent owner from the start,” Lobro said recently, responding to confusion about people named in the original 2018 application.

The Lobros live in Sebastopol but have roots running deep into the local community, Lobro said.

A draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration exempting the applicant from having to fund an Environmental Impact Report was published on Feb. 26 by Permit Sonoma. There will be a 30-day public review period running through March 29, during which comments can be submitted by the public and added to the public record, according to the notice prepared by project planner Crystal Acker.

“This hearing is tentatively scheduled for (April 8), at which time the Board of Zoning Adjustments can decide whether to or not issue a negative

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