Wake up and smell the coffee
I was appalled to hear that the Sonoma Planning Commission denied Peet’s Coffee a use permit. The address in question is outside the area the chain store ban affects. In addition, Peet’s only has 198 outlets – 52 less than the ordinance specifies as a “chain.”
I would absolutely love to be able to get coffee somewhere in town past 6 p.m. that isn’t Starbucks. Locals and tourists alike would patronize this store. It appears that the Planning Commission would rather have an empty storefront rather than one that gives Sonoma tax money and jobs.
I certainly hope there isn’t confusion as to why people like me go to Napa or Santa Rosa for our grocery and shopping needs. To state it more simply – Planning Commission, you’ve got to wake up and smell the coffee!