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Sonoma County, Cal., Code § 26-88-215 (current through Jan. 30, 2018)
Brief Summary
Allows and establishes standards for farm retail sales. Provides zoning permit requirements relating to minimum/maximum parcel size, building permits, onsite/incidental sales, hours of operation, food safety, etc. Allows sampling of fresh produce and prepackaged processed foods grown on site (in compliance with a retail food facility permit).
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: California
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Sonoma County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to increasing and encouraging "opportunities for access to healthy food," "food safety." §§ 26-88-215(a) and (c)(7).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Refers to minimizing potential environmental impacts. § 26-88-215(a).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to "improv[ing] the economic viability of farming enterprises." § 26-88-215(a).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "This section establishes standards for year-round on-farm retail sales to encourage and increase opportunities for access to healthy foods, support continued use of agricultural lands for agricultural production, improve the economic viability of farming enterprises, while retaining the rural character of agricultural areas and ensuring the potential for land use conflicts and environmental impacts are minimized." § 26-88-215(a).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. §26-02-140.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Chapter 26 (Sonoma County Zoning Regulations); Article 88 (General Exceptions and Special Use Standards). Ordinances: Ord. No. 6081, § VIII(Exh. B), 7-29-2014).