Sonoma Cities Volunteer for Massive High Density Growth Over Next 25 Years

12 locations throughout Sonoma have designated themselves for major high density development adding 24,000 new high density homes.

Sonoma is targeted for 24,000 new homes
Sonoma is targeted for 24,000 new homes
If you're a resident of Sonoma county did you know that your county has volunteered 12 locations to be designated as "Priority Development Areas"? Combined these areas are targeted for substantial growth - no less than 24,000 new homes likely to add 50,000+ new residents and cars to the region.

Through this funding designation of "Priority Development Area" developers will be encouraged to build high density housing at these locations.

These are the towns which are deemed to have volunteered themselves (via their city councils) to be targets for high density infill development:

Cloverdale: 730 housing units (92% growth in housing)
Cotati: 400 housing units (78%)
Petaluma: 1,760 housing units (65%)
Rohnert Park Central: 960 housing units (71%)
Rohnert Park Sonoma Mtn Village: 2,010 units (1005% no that's not a typo)
Santa Rosa Downtown: 3,890 units (174%)
Santa Rosa Mendocino Avenue: 2,510 units (34%)
Santa Rosa- N Santa Rosa Station: 1,960 units (46%)
Santa Rosa - Roseland: 2,910 units (82%)
Santa Rosa - Sebastapol Rd Corridor: 5,290 units (177%) 
Sebastapol Core Area: 390 (16%)
Windsor: 1,200 (84%)

TOTAL: 24,010 new housing units

Source: Page 16 Sonoma County Priority Development Area Investment & Growth Strategy.

Wake Up Sonoma!

While impact fees may mitigate immediate traffic impact, Sonoma taxpayers will likely be hit with the following impact:
  • Sonoma will become a much more urban county, and much less suburban and rural

  • 101 traffic will become increasingly congested. Developer impact fees only cover enhancing intersections in the immediate area; however new emerging guidelines may remove all consideration of traffic impact, presuming existing and new residents will switch to transit

  • If high proportions of the new homes are subsidized, affordable housing then the new residents will pay vastly reduced (typically under 5%) of school bond and education taxes; this means either taxes go up or school quality is impacted

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