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Joint meeting to review plans for the future of the SDC

Permit Sonoma announcement describes focus for Nov. 17 meeting

On Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the consultanting firm Dyett & Bhatia and Permit Sonoma staff will present the three draft land-use alternatives intended to guide redevelopment of the 945-acre Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) campus that Permit Sonoma released at www. sdcspecificplan.org on Nov. 1.

The event will be a special joint meeting of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC), the North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSVMAC), and the Springs Municipal Advisory Council (Springs MAC).

The alternative plans call for between 990 and 1,290 units of housing, creating a walkable community with an emphasis on affordable housing, and active transportation to lessen automobile use. Environmental preservation incorporated in the project will protect 700 acres of open space between Jack London State Historic Park and Sonoma Valley Regional Park, provide some protection for a wildlife corridor, and preserve Sonoma Creek and its tributaries. Commercial, recreational, and civic spaces will be built for use by residents, employees, and the greater Sonoma Valley.

Alternative A: “Conserve and Enhance” preserves the most historic buildings while creating lowdensity housing and the secondmost jobs of any proposal.

Alternative B: “Core and Community” creates the most housing units in a walkable mixed-use neighborhood, with community uses, restaurants, and retail uses.

Alternative C: “Renew” creates a regional innovation hub bringing the most jobs of any proposal, along with neighborhood agriculture, and housing units to support these uses.

The alternatives will be presented, and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the plans.

To join the meeting via Zoom visit: https://sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/96931443054?pwd=UFAxc2o1bHRTRW9waWxSR2NCdDZqZz09; password: 487378; meeting ID: 969 3144 3054, or join by phone by calling +1 (669) 900-9128.

For more information, contact Arielle Kubu-Jones, district director for Sonoma County First District Supervisor Gorin, at [email protected]

To view the full report of the alternatives, visit www.sdcspecificplan. com.

An additional in-person town hall will be held to review the plans and collect public input in Spanish at Hunt Hall at St. Leo’s Church, 601 W. Aqua Caliente Rd., on Nov. 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. English translation will not be available for this meeting.

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