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Valley’s advisory committees discuss SDC proposals

Valley’s advisory committees discuss SDC proposals
Permit Sonoma released its proposed Specific Plan and Draft Environmental impact Report for redevelopment of the Sonoma Developmental Center on Aug. 10. The deadline for submitting comments to

By Christian Kallen

In an unusual combined meeting of the Sonoma Valley’s three advisory councils on Aug. 24, the Permit Sonoma team presented the county’s proposal for the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) for input and feedback from the Valley’s most engaged civic voices.

The three councils included the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC), which usually reviews land use issues; the Springs Municipal Advisory Council (Springs MAC) and the North Sonoma Valley MAC, who both fulfill an advisory role acting as a bridge for communication between the county and local residents and businesses.

Brian Oh and Bradley Dunn of Permit Sonoma presented three proposals, one favored by Permit Sonoma and two alternatives, and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the combined committees, which each responded in turn focused on their particular areas of concern.

[email protected] on the documents is Sept. 23. The county planning commission will conduct a public Zoom meeting on Sept. 15, with the SDC’s redevelopment as the focus. The plan and DEIR are slated to be finalized by the county Board of Supervisors in November 2022.

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Photo by Paul Goguen The meeting lasted almost four hours, which SVCAC chair Tim Freeman anticipated in his opening remarks: “Due to the amount of community interest in this topic, we’re going to ask the public and our Council members and Commissioners keep their comments brief and to the point, otherwise we’ll go long into the night.”

The recorded meeting can be viewed online at youtube. com/watch?v=LvE6dSvf9Yg (English language) or youtube. com/watch?v=MnzRjNG_dlQ (Spanish).

The public comment period on the proposals and DEIR ends on Sept. 23, although Oh encouraged viewers to attend and comment before the county Planning Commission on Sept. 15.

Written public comment is welcome either by email to [email protected] or post to Brian Oh, Comprehensive Planning Manager, Permit Sonoma, County of Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa 95403. Again, comments must be received by Sept. 23.

The county’s home page for the process, with links to upcoming meetings, can be found at sdcspecificplan. com.