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NSVMAC update


The North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSVMAC) will hear presentations on redevelopment of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) and regulation of vacation rentals at its Dec. 15 meeting.

Community visions for the (SDC) will be a highlight of the meeting. Tracy Salcedo, Councilmember Kate Eagles, and John McCaull of the Sonoma Land Trust will explore the development of a vision and guiding principles for the future development of the 945-acre, state-owned property, formerly the largest home for people with developmental disabilities in California.

The results of a joint meeting concerning recently announced preferred development plans for the SDC convened on Nov. 17. That meeting included the NSVMAC, the Springs MAC, and the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission, which accepted public comment on the three alternatives presented by the consultants working on a Specific Plan for the property.

Starting with a minimum of 990 houses and a hotel, plus various commercial elements, the three alternatives have incited an uproar from local residents concerned about the impact of the number of potential homes and people on a relatively inaccessible area of Sonoma Valley. Concerns over impacts on an adjacent wildlife corridor that promotes genetic diversity throughout the region are another point of contention with the suggested development plans.

The NSVMAC also will receive a presentation from Permit Sonoma officials on a public workshop to receive input and recommendations to improve regulation of vacation rentals, followed by input to NSVMAC members for a letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the SDC.

Supervisor Susan Gorin will provide her monthly update on county issues to the council. The meeting will close after considering future topics for discussion.

The virtual meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and may be joined by signing up at Advisory-Council/Calendar/North-Valley-MAC-Meeting-December-15-2021.