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Elnoka Village slims down

Revised plan includes fewer residences

By Chris Rooney

The Elnoka Senior Community Project has been in the works for more than 15 years, and a sudden change in plans was just unveiled by the City of Santa Rosa last week.

The revised project now entails 272 residential units (80 of which are senior cottages and 191 of which are senior apartments) on 68.7 acres of land along Sonoma Highway near the Oakmont retirement community. A community care facility portion of the project has been scrapped. This marks a reduction of about 60 percent of the project size, which once called for 676 units.

Various amenities remain part of the plan, including a café, entertainment and activity rooms, a fitness center, a media room, and outdoor courtyards. The recreation areas include a swimming pool, tennis courts, bocci courts, gardens, pet parks, and walking paths for resident use.

The statement adds that there will also be 24-hour on-site management.

The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is expected in mid-Oct.

“The applicant for the Elnoka project revised the project scope to address concerns raised by the community during the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) public review phase, and to address potential traffic impacts,” said Jessica Jones, deputy director of planning at the Santa Rosa Planning and Economic Development Department. “Responses to comments on the Draft EIR, and any revisions needed based on the revised project scope, are currently being prepared. The Final EIR is expected to be available for public review in October. Public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council are expected in late 2022.”

The project is located east of Melita Road on a nine-acre parcel that fronts Highway 12.

Several months ago, Kristinae Toomians, senior planner for the Santa Rosa Planning and Economic Development Department said, “We are preparing responses to the over 800 comments on the draft EIR. Eventually we will schedule this item for the Planning Commission and City Council for review and adoption of the EIR.”