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Agricultural Policy Advisory Commission Agenda
Planning Department, 701 Ocean Street, Suite 400, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  Meeting Date :  Thursday, April 20, 2023 1:30 PM  
  Location :  Agricultural Extension Auditorium
1432 Freedom Boulevard
Watsonville, CA 95076
  Staff reports are available for review or purchase by calling 454-3156 one week before the hearing. You may also view staff reports here by clicking on the underlined item number below. All items are subject to continuance. No notices of continued or rescheduled hearing dates are mailed. Please contact the project planner for further information on specific applications.  


The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. with the first item and proceeds through the items in consecutive order unless otherwise noted.  

For questions regarding hearing procedures, or to submit written public comment associated with any scheduled item, please contact Nicholas Brown, Administrative Support, at 831-454-5317 or
1.Call to Order
 1. Roll Call: Chair Bruce Dau, Commissioner Ellen Rinde, Commissioner Ken Kimes, Commissioner Michael Manfre
2.Additions/Corrections to Agenda, Approval of Minutes, APAC Correspondence
 a. Additions/Corrections to Agenda
b. Approval of APAC Minutes, dated October 20, 2022
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c. Review of APAC correspondence
   a.2022 Board of Supervisors APAC Biennial Report
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   b. Supervisorial District Commissioner Appointments
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3.Declaration of Ex Parte Communications
4.Oral Communications
 a. Additions/Corrections to Agenda
b. Approval of APAC Minutes, dated October 20, 2022
c. Review of APAC correspondence
  a. 2022 Board of Supervisors APAC Biennial Report
  b. Supervisorial District Commissioner Appointments
5.APAC Commissioner Presentations
6.Updates from the Agricultural Commission’s Office
7.Updates from the Staff Planner
 a. CAO Directive – In-Person Meeting – Regular agenda item added for Commission discussion and Recommendation
b. 2023 APAC Calendar
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c. Report on Upcoming Meeting Dates and Agendas
d. Additional items
8.221109**   No Situs - Zils Road, Watsonville                   APN: 046-221-52
 PROJECT DESCRIPTION:   Proposal to construct a single-family dwelling, accessory dwelling unit, and detached barn. Requires an Agricultural Buffer Setback Reduction and a determination that the project is exempt from further review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
LOCATION: Property is located on the west side of Zils Road in Watsonville. (Accessed via private driveway between 144 Zils Road and 156 Zils Road).
PROJECT STAFF:   Randall Adams; 454-3218;

Staff Report  Click Here
9.28338 7337 Glen Haven Road, Soquel      APN:104-041-19
 PROJECT DESCRIPTION:   Proposal to construct a 2,392 square foot structure – comprised of a 1,196 square foot agricultural storage building at the lower floor and a 1,196 square foot ADU at the second floor – and recognize two retaining walls built along driveway (220 feet and 230 feet long, respectively), on site with an existing SFD.  Requires an Agricultural Buffer Determination to reduce the required buffer from 200 feet to 20 feet.
LOCATION:  Property located on the west side of Glen Haven Road (7337 Glen Haven Road), opposite the intersection with Ginger Lane.
PROJECT STAFF:   Jerry Busch; 454-3234;

Staff Report  Click Here
10.Discussion of County Administrative Office directive for in-person Boards and Commission meetings and consideration of a change in venue to provide continuation of the public call-in component.    
The Commission will receive oral communications regarding any item of interest to the public before or after consideration of any item. Oral Presentations may be limited to 5 minutes and may address an item on the agenda or may be separate subject matter, which is not on the agenda, provided that the subject matter is within the Commission's jurisdiction. This Commission may not take action or respond immediately to any presentation, which involves a subject, which has not been duly noticed in accordance with the State Brown Act, but the Commission may choose to follow-up at a later time.

In accordance with Section 18.10.340 of the Santa Cruz County Code, any interested person may appeal an action or decision taken under the provisions of such County Code. Appeals to the decisions of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Commission are made to the Board of Supervisors. Appeals to the Board shall be taken by filing a written notice of appeals with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors no later than fourteen calendar days following the date of the hearing from which the action was taken. The Clerk of the Board shall send notice of such appeal to the Planning Department within one day of filing of the appeal.

The County of Santa Cruz does not discriminate on the basis of disability, and no person shall, by reason of a disability, be denied the benefits of its services, programs, or activities. The meeting room is located in an accessible facility. If you wish to attend this meeting and you will require special assistance in order to participate, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 454-3137 (TDD/TTY number is 711) at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements. Persons with disabilities may request a copy of the agenda in an alternative format. As a courtesy to those persons affected, please attend the meeting smoke and scent free.