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Elnoka Village

The Elnoka Village condominium project has been debated and discussed for more than 15 years. Planned to be erected east of Melita Road on a 9-acre parcel off Sonoma Highway, the project may end up housing about 200 people. While plans continue to evolve, the Village initially included three buildings, one of which would house 192 one- to three-bedroom condominiums. A mixed-use building would be made up of six living units, as well as 5,000 square feet of commercial space, with anticipated uses being a restaurant, deli, or beauty salon. The third building would consist of five three-bedroom townhouses.

The housing units would be available for people of all ages, including families.

Aegis Senior Living, the developer, owns 60 acres and has plans in the future to build senior-oriented housing and facilities on the back portion of the property.

Both the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) and residents along Melita Road have been weighing in on the project.

Where does it stand? “We are still in the process of preparing the final EIR [environmental impact report] and reviewing their tentative map request,” said Kristinae Toomians, senior planner for the Santa Rosa Planning and Economic Development Department “We are preparing responses to the over 800 comments on the draft EIR. Eventually we will schedule this item for Planning Commission and City Council for review and adoption of the EIR.”

Calls to Steve McCullagh, the OVA’s point person for this project, have not been returned, nor have requests to Oakmont Village for other sources close to the project.

Kenwood Ranch

Kenwood Ranch, formerly known as the Sonoma County Inn, is planned for 52 acres across more than a dozen parcels on Campagna Lane off Sonoma Highway, near Lawndale Road. A fairly ambitious project, it would entail a winery (10,000 cases a year), tasting room, and event center (20 per year). Event venues are a constant discussion, as they boost tourism, the region’s lifeblood, but become tedious to locals due to traffic and noise.

Where does Kenwood Ranch stand? “The application is currently in progress,” said Dunn. “We’re getting referrals from other agencies for different components of design.”

Dunn said the project will endure design review hearings, environmental reviews, and a review by the county public works department. He said the involved departments must perform due diligence. “It will take a little bit of time,” he said.

“There is not much new to report,” said Chuck Conner, the project manager.

A grading permit for the project was received on Aug. 11, 2021. “Under that grading permit, we continue to prepare the building site,” Conner said. “Kenwood is still working through the county process with building permits. We won’t speculate on any timelines for completion of the construction until we receive all required permits for construction.”

In an email, he wrote that Kenwood Ranch submitted the Design Review application for the winery on December 23, 2021. “We are working to respond to county comments to complete the application submittal. The timeline for moving design review forward is entirely defined by the county once the application is deemed complete.”

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