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Every 10 years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each Council member represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is expected to be released soon.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together (aka Communities of Interest) into a district for purposes of electing a Council member. The current Town Council will seek input from the community in selecting the next district map and boundaries. You have the opportunity to share with Council how you think the boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
An interactive map of the current District Map is here.
The Town will draw district lines following the criteria listed below:
The Town will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, the Town will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Public hearings will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request 72-hours in advance. The Town will also post maps online before adoption and have created a dedicated webpage for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
Please reach out to the Town Clerk's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Administrative Services Director may issue the business license upon such conditions as are necessary to ensure safety and prevent the business from disturbing the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood in which it is located. The conditions may include, but are not limited to the following:
1.Limitations upon hours or days of operation, when required in order to prevent disturbance of the peace and quiet of a neighborhood caused by the business or the patrons of the business2.Requirement that the business provide licensed or other qualified security personnel for the exterior or interior of the business during operating hours3.Requirement that the business fund any additional law enforcement services required as a result of the operations of the business4.The installation of on-site improvements required to prevent operation of the business from disturbing its neighbors at a particular location; or5.Other conditions related to operations or improvements demonstrated under the particular circumstances to be necessary in order to prevent hazards, disturbance of the peace, quiet or safety of the neighborhood; or other nuisance.
Such conditions may be imposed at the time a business license is initially issued, renewed, or at any time during the term of the license.
An application for a renewal of a business license will be deemed received late and subject to a penalty of 50% of the processing fee if the complete application, including all fees, is not received by the Administrative Services Department within 60 days of the date of expiration of the immediately preceding license. If the business continues to operate without a valid license, the business may be subject to all other penalties authorized by the Town Code.
Except as otherwise specifically provided; any violation of this Ordinance shall constitute an infraction and will be subject to the fines and administrative penalties as provided in the Ordinance.
The Town may use all available legal means to enforce this Ordinance, including but not limited to, injunctions or other civil proceedings.
Please contact the Town Clerk at 838-5315 or by email at email@example.com regarding filing procedures.
The Nomination Period and other important election information can be found on the following webpage: Election Information | Windsor, CA - Official Website (townofwindsor.com)
Street sweeping is done by the Town's franchised waste disposal company. Contact Sonoma County Resource Recovery at (707) 795-7470 or access their schedule via their website: www.sonomacorr.com
Land use changes are being proposed as part of an update to the Town’s General Plan. The General Plan sets forth a vision for future growth and development of the community. In certain areas of town - mostly along Old Redwood Highway, Shiloh Road (east of Highway 101), and the northern and eastern edges of town – the General Plan envisions changes to the current uses in these areas. The envisioned changes are based on input received from the community over the course of the past three years during a series of workshops and public hearings that focused on the General Plan update. The land use changes being proposed will serve to guide new development in these areas towards the uses that the General Plan envisions for the future.
The General Plan is the Town’s long-term blueprint or “constitution” for future growth and development. The General Plan represents the community’s vision for its future. This vision is expressed in narrative form with goals, policies and programs that address a wide range of topics, including land use, transportation, housing, public services and facilities, parks and recreation, economic development, environmental resources, conservation, noise, open space and safety. The General Plan provides a basis for land use decision-making and capital investments in public facilities and infrastructure. California state law requires each city and county to adopt a General Plan.
The Town of Windsor adopted its current General Plan in 1996. Since that time the Town has grown and changed. When the last General Plan was adopted, the internet was not widely used and the youngest members of today’s workforce had not yet been born. New laws have passed that affect general plans and new planning strategies have been developed. These changes require a reevaluation of the existing General Plan and confirmation of the vision for Windsor. The updated General Plan will look ahead to the year 2040, so the update will not only bring policies and programs up to date, but also position Windsor for the next 22 years.
The proposed update to the Town’s General Plan can be viewed/downloaded from: http://www.windsor2040.com/documents/
State law requires the General Plan to identify the location, type and intensity of land uses allowed within the area over which the Town has jurisdiction. This is done by designating every property in Town with a specific “land use designation.” The land use designation identifies the general type of use (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial) and the intensity of the use. For residential uses, intensity is stated in terms of dwelling units per acre. For non-residential uses, intensity is stated in terms of a ratio of building floor area to property size (“Floor Area Ratio” or “FAR”).
A table describing each of the land use designations in the current General Plan and the equivalent designation being proposed in the updated General Plan can be accessed from this link Land Use Comparison Table. Maps showing the location of each land use designation in the current and proposed General Plan can be accessed from this link Maps
As part of the General Plan update the name of some Land Use Designations are being updated and/or the intensity of allowable development is being adjusted, but the type and physical character of the use will generally remain the same. For example, there are many properties with a current General Plan Land Use Designation of “Medium-High Density Residential (8 to 12 dwelling units per acre)” that are being changed to “Medium Density Residential (8 to 16 dwelling units per acre).” In this example, the change is largely a technical change and will not result in a significant change to the type of uses or physical character of development in areas with this designation. While the change is not considered significant, State law still requires the Town to send notification of any change to the land use designation.
The Town’s General Plan includes areas within town limits and unincorporated county areas that are outside of town limits but within the Town’s Urban Growth Boundary. It is presumed that during the next 20 years properties located outside of town limits but within the Town’s Urban Growth Boundary could be annexed into the town. To ensure that these properties develop in a manner that is consistent with established land use patterns and the Town’s vision for the future, the Town’s General Plan identifies an appropriate land use designation to guide their future development if and when they are annexed into the town. The Town’s General Plan Land Use Designation will only apply to the use of your property if it is annexed in the future. Until such a time, the use of your property will continue to be regulated by the County of Sonoma.
The General Plan Land Use Designation regulates how your property is used – in terms of the general type of use and the intensity of the use. For example, if your property is designated for residential use by the General Plan, you can only use your property for residential purposes. You could not have a grocery store or an office building on your property.
The General Plan Land Use Designation also establishes the intensity of use. For residential developments, the intensity of use is regulated by an allowed density range (minimum and maximum) that is measured in terms of “housing units per acre.” Density is calculated by dividing the number of housing units on the site by the gross acreage of the site. Most residential neighborhoods in Windsor have a density range between 3 and 8 units per acre. Apartments and townhomes are located in areas that have a higher allowable density range (e.g. 16 to 32 units per acre).
For commercial and industrial developments, intensity is measured in terms of Floor Area Ratio (FAR). FAR refers to the ratio of building floor space compared to the square footage of the site. FAR is calculated by dividing the floor area of all buildings on the site by the total square footage of the site. For example, a 12,500 square foot building on a 25,000 square foot site has an FAR of 0.5.
A graphic example of how density and FAR are measured can be viewed from this link Density and Intensity Table.
A table describing each of the land use designations in the General Plan, including the type and intensity of uses allowed under each designation can be accessed from this link Land Use Comparison Table.
The General Plan sets forth long-term policies that guide future development. The Zoning Ordinance implements General Plan policies through the established detailed development regulations (see Zoning Designation response below). Although the purpose and intent of zoning is different from the General Plan, State law requires that zoning be consistent with maps and policies in the General Plan.
A table showing the Zoning Designation that implements the General Plan Land Use Designations proposed by the update to the Town’s General Plan can be accessed from this link Zoning Implementation Table.
The Town’s Zoning Ordinance can be viewed/downloaded from: https://www.townofwindsor.com/DocumentCenter/View/15921
Like General Plan Land Use Designations, each property within the Town has a Zoning District designation. Zoning Districts identify specific types of uses allowed in the district as well as building standards and permitting procedures. Zoning Districts are a tool for implementing the General Plan Land Use Designation and must be consistent with the General Plan Land Use Designation in terms of the types and intensities of uses allowed in the district. For example, if your property has a General Plan Land Use Designation of Residential - 5 to 8 dwelling units per acre, your property would be “zoned” with a Zoning District that allows for residential uses with building and development standards that accommodate development at a range of 5 to 8 units per acre.
A table listing each of the Zoning District designations in the Town’s Zoning Ordinance and the corresponding General Plan Land Use Designation that it implements can be accessed from this link Zoning District Descriptions.
A map of Zoning Districts within the Town can be viewed/downloaded from the following link: /DocumentCenter/View/22059/Zoning-Map-2019-01-30
No. As part of the General Plan Update, staff and the consultant team proposed to update the land use designations in the General Plan to reduce the number of designations and to make them more consistent with current naming conventions. As part of this, the “Mobile Home Park” designation was initially proposed to be combined with the “Medium Density Residential” designation (which would have included mobile home parks). This proposal caused a significant amount of concern among mobile home park residents. One major concern is that changing the designation would make it easier for mobile home park owners to close or convert the park to another use.
While staff believes that adequate State regulations are in place to address potential closure or conversion of a mobile home park to another use, it is recognized that having a specific Mobile Home Park land use designation could provide an added layer of protection. In response to the level of concern expressed by mobile home park residents, and because the change was being proposed for administrative purposes rather than a policy-driven matter, staff is recommending that the Mobile Home Park General Plan Land Use Designation not be changed and retained in the 2040 General Plan and applied to all existing mobile home parks.
Additional questions about the proposed land use changes, the General Plan update program or the Zoning Ordinance should be directed to the Community Development Department. Department staff can be reached by phone at (707) 838-1021 or can be visited in person at Town Hall, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
There are two ways to provide comments to the Planning Commission: attend the Planning Commission meeting and speak during the public hearing, and/or provide written comments in advance of the meeting. Information on the public hearing for the General Plan Update, which will include consideration of the proposed land use changes, is provided below:
HearingDate/Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.Location: Town Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 400.
If you are unable to attend the Planning Commission meeting, you may submit your comments in writing in advance of the public hearing to the attention of:
Sheila Wolski, Community Development TechnicianTown of WindsorPlanning DivisionP.O. Box 100Windsor, CA 95492
Planning Commission meeting agendas, including staff reports and other meeting materials can be accessed from the following link: https://www.townofwindsor.com/721/Agendas-Minutes-Videos
The Town of Windsor Town Council will make the final decision on the proposed land use changes as part of their decision on whether to adopt the updated General Plan. A public hearing before the Town Council on the General Plan update has been tentatively scheduled for April 4, 2018. At this meeting, the Town Council will consider the recommendations made by the Planning Commission, Town staff and consultant team, and input received from the public.
Town Council meeting agendas, including staff reports and other meeting materials can be accessed from the following link: https://www.townofwindsor.com/721/Agendas-Minutes-Videos
Monthly billing offers customers smaller, more manageable payments and better aligns with other monthly expenses, making it easier for you to manage household budgets. A monthly bill is also a better tool to help you understand consumption habits, because it provides more timely information about water use and more frequent opportunities to identify and repair leaks that might otherwise go undetected.
Yes, you will be able to view and pay your monthly bills online.
If your automatic payments are set up through WaterSmart, you do not need to change anything – your payments will automatically adjust. However, if you established recurring payments through your personal banking website, you will likely need to adjust the payment per the monthly due date reflected on your bill.
Your water charges cover a period of one month instead of two, and bill payment is now due on the 10th monthly rather than bi-monthly.
The meter reading and the consumption history show approximately 30 days. However, depending on the read date, your new bill will typically reflect usage in a range of 28 to 32 days of service. (Note that during the transition to monthly billing, bills will likely include more or even fewer days than this range until the billing cycles and readings are entirely transitioned over to the 30-day billing period.)
Benefits of monthly billing include:
The Town is posting information on our website and social media, and reaching out to customers via newsletter, e-mail, bill messages, and postcards.
Fencing between the house and street is limited to 3 feet in height with no building permit required. Side and rear yard fencing is generally limited to 6 feet in height (no permit required), although up to two additional feet of open lattice is permitted with a building permit. On corner lots, street sideyard fencing over 3 feet in height must be set back at least 10 feet from the property line.
Planning Department policy prohibits us from taking anonymous complaints. Be prepared to furnish your full name, address, phone number and the address of the Zoning Ordinance violation. Call the Planning Department/Code Enforcement at (707) 838-1021 and ask to speak with a Planner.
Setbacks will vary according to zoning district. Most of the Town is zoned “Surrounding Residential”, which has the following setback requirements: *Room additions: - Front yard setback to house: 15 ft. - Front yard setback to garage: 25 ft. (new construction) - Side yard setback: 5 ft. - Street side setback (corner lot): 10 ft. - Rear yard setback: 20 ft. *Accessory structures (sheds, detached garages, open sided patio covers): - Front yard setback: 20 ft. - Side yard setback: 5 ft. - Street side setback (corner lot:) 10 ft. - Rear yard setback: 20 ft. (can be reduced to 5 ft. for structures under 500 sq. ft.) *Additional setbacks:6 ft. from main house and any other accessory structures
At this time, site specific zoning information is not available on the Town of Windsor’s website. Please call the Planning Department at (707) 838-1021 to speak with a Planner.
The maximum amount of time a recreational vehicle can be parked on any public street is 18 hours. After 18 hours you can be fined $146 or risk your vehicle being towed.
A copy of a report can be requested by phone, in person, or by mail. (**Please note in person inquiries may not always be fulfilled at the time of request based on type of report) It is helpful if you call the police department and request the report before going in person. Have the case number or basic information such as date and time of incident, as well as officers name. If this request is through the mail, please include a self addressed, stamped envelope for return.
Yes, per Windsor Municipal Code Chapter 3-3-200. An application and $90.00 application fee must be submitted to the police department. At that time arrangements will be made for fingerprinting which is done at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Once a clearance has been received and the application has been approved by the Chief, a permit will be issued. Please read Title III, Chapter three of the Municipal Code for further details.
Please contact Sonoma County Resource Recovery at (707) 795-7470 for garbage pick-up.
Street sweeping is done by the Town’s franchised waste disposal company. You can contact Sonoma County Resource Recovery at (707) 795-7470 or visit their website: www.sonomacorr.com
Storage containers should be out of the Town’s right of way and placed in the driveway. If this is not possible you must fill out an Encroachment Permit application. The application should include the dimensions of the container and the duration the container will be within the Town right of way (street) and be placed so as not to cause any traffic obstruction, sight distance obstacle or safety hazard.
There are two types of STRs, hosted and non-hosted. The ordinance defines both type of STRs.
A hosted STR is an STR where the owner or primary occupant occupies a bedroom in the dwelling unit or an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the same site as the STR during the entire rental period. The ADU may not be used as the STR. A hosted STR also includes a STR where the owner or primary occupant is the permanent resident of the dwelling being rented as the STR, and rents the dwelling for a maximum of 60 days per calendar year without occupying a bedroom in the dwelling during the entire period.
Hosted STRs are allowed in all residential zoning districts and in the Neighborhood Commercial (NC), Community Commercial (CC), Town Center (TC), Town Center-Active Use Frontage Overlay (TC-AUFO), and Town Center-Entertainment Overlay zones with Town approval of a STR license.
A non-hosted STR is an STR where the owner or primary occupant does not occupy a bedroom in the dwelling for one or more nights during the rental period.
Non-hosted STRs are allowed in the Neighborhood Commercial (NC), Community Commercial (CC), Town Center (TC), Town Center-Active Use Frontage Overlay (TC-AUFO), and Town Center-Entertainment Overlay zones with Town approval of a STR license.
Non-hosted STRs are prohibited in all residential zoning districts. The ordinance includes an amortization period that allows these STRs to continue to operate through June 30, 2025, when in compliance with all of the following.
In order to operate during the amortization period, complete the required form and submit it to the Town prior to October 1, 2023, with the required processing fee. The required form is available here.
In order to operate a hosted STR in a residential district or a hosted or non-hosted STR in certain commercial districts a STR license is required, along with the required STR license application fee, and submittal documents. The STR license application is available here.
To file a complaint regarding a STR, please call the 24-hour Hotline number at (707) 340-6237 or use the online complaint webpage: https://secure.hostcompliance.com/windsor-ca/complaints/type
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Public Works is the department in the Town of Windsor that handles emergency calls relating to public facilities that are plugged or public roads that are inundated. Please contact 838-1000. After-hour calls will be automatically routed to the Town’s answering service and will contact the Public Works standby personnel to respond.
For public street trees or trees in a public park, contact Public Works at 838-1000. Residents are responsible for fallen private trees. If the tree has fallen onto a public street, contact Public Works. If the caller believes the situation is a public safety hazard, call 9-1-1.
The Town does not provide sand or sandbags to residents. Residents may contact the following nearby stores to purchase sand and/or sandbags:
If your property is in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County, please contact Sonoma County Water Agency Operations at 523-1070.
Call 9-1-1. Stay away from downed power lines.
Do not attempt to drive through flood waters. Contact Public Works at 838-1000 and notify them of the flooded street. If it is life-threatening emergency situation, call 9-1-1.
The Transient Occupancy Tax has been part of the Town’s code for many years and was last updated in 2008 when, by voter approval the TOT rate increased from 8% to 12%, below is a link to the Town Code. https://library.municode.com/CA/Windsor/CODES/Code_of_Ordinances?nodeId=TITIIRETA_CH3TROCTA
During the August 17, 2022, Council meeting Item 13.1 Urgency Ordinance – Moratorium on New Business Licenses for Short-term Rentals was presented and during the discussion we received direction from the Town Council to pursue the collection of TOT for all STR’s.
TOT is due and payable before the end of the following month. A 10% late charge will be assessed on any unpaid TOT based off your gross receipts.
TOT is paid monthly by Hotels/Motels and the Town requests that the STRs pay monthly as well using our online platform.
BIA is the Business Improvement Area assessment of 2% that is paid to Sonoma County for the “Sonoma County Tourism Business Improvement Area Fund.” Currently, if your gross receipts are more than $350,000.00 per fiscal year you are required to pay the 2% when you submit your TOT, otherwise you can put N/A or 0 for line 4 on the remittance form.
These funds are designated specifically to market overnight stays in the Business Improvement Area. https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/administrative-support-and-fiscal-services/auditor-controller-treasurer-tax-collector/divisions/revenue-accounting/transient-occupancy-taxes-(tot/bia)#:~:text=Sonoma%20County%20ordinance%205525.
Questions regarding TOT can be directed to the Revenue Department by calling (707) 838-1004, emailing us at TOT@townofwindsor.com or visiting us during business hour, Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 to 6:00 PM
The Urgency Moratorium on Short Term Rentals means any business license application for a STR submitted after 8/17/2022 (the date the moratorium was enacted), will not be processed at this time.
You can contact Planning by email to submit comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail comments to Planning attention Short-term Rentals: 9291 Old Redwood Highway Bldg. 400, Windsor, CA 95492
Station run time – 1st Start Time – 2nd Start Time – Days 6 minutes – 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. – M, W, F
Sprinkler run times will need to be longer for single and multi-stream rotor type sprinklers that apply water at a slower rate than standard fixed spray pop-ups. However, the approach is the same. The clay based soils found throughout Windsor help retain the water that has penetrated deeper into the root zone, eliminating the need for more frequent irrigation, and providing the conditions needed for lawns to grow longer, healthier roots. More...
You need to call 547-1909 and schedule a free pre-inspection visit / water use assessment before starting work on your project. Visit our rebates page for more information.