A riparian corridor is the area that encompasses a river or stream and the land adjacent to it. This video provides information on Sonoma County riparian corridors and the zone that affect property owners. Instruction is provided on looking up a property and determining the zoning requirements. The importance of riparian corridors in supporting wildlife and groundwater recharge is explained.
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A Riparian Corridor is the area in and around rivers, streams, and creeks.
A healthy Riparian Corridor:
Supports a unique and native plant and wildlife community, provides recharge of the groundwater, filters water before it gets into the stream, reduces flooding, keeps soil in place and prevents erosion, provides aesthetic enhancement to the surrounding area, supports healthy fisheries and other aquatic life, and provides important migration corridors for wildlife.
This map shows the three different Riparian Corridor setbacks in Sonoma County; 50, 100 and 200' foot setbacks that establish the protected areas.
To find out if your property is within a Riparian Corridor, first, go to Permit Sonoma's website, www.SonomaCountyPermits.org
Click on GIS Maps on the lefthand side
Click on ActiveMap
When the new window opens, click on Launch Application.
Then Accept the Terms & Conditions of Use.
Select Zoning from the pulldown menu.
On the SEARCHES pulldown menu, select PARCEL or ADDRESS, depending on which information you have available for your search.
Enter the information.
When the map loads…BE PATIENT.
Expand Zoning Designations under Map Legend by clicking on the plus symbol.
Scroll down and select RC RIPARIAN CORRIDOR.
If your property is close or next to a Riparian Corridor, you will want to determine exactly where the setback lies in relation to your property.
To determine where the setback begins, you must measure from the top of the streambank to a point 50, 100, or 200 feet away from the stream depending on which type corridor you are near----that measured point is the setback line.
If you need help making this determination, please call us.
Everything within the setback line is a streamside conservation area and the reason for Riparian Corridor zoning!
If your property lies within a Riparian Corridor, the following activities are generally not allowed: Grading, vegetation removal, agricultural cultivation, structures, roads, utility lines, and parking lots.
Please note---there are exceptions that require a permit or clearance, please call us to discuss this.