Reunification of Courthouse Square Environmental Impact Report
The Courthouse Square Draft Tiered Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for public review. The project consists of removing one block of Mendocino Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Santa Rosa to allow for the reunification of two existing park areas into a central Square. The project would create a central gathering place for Santa Rosa residents and visitors, and would be used for a wide variety of community events such as farmers’ markets, concerts and outdoor art exhibits.
Social Advocates for Youth's Dream Center
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a non-profit organization providing housing, counseling and employment services to disadvantaged children and young adults has filed Conditional Use Permit, Rezoning and Minor Design Review applications proposing to occupy the former Warrack hospital with their headquarters as well as a Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelter location for up to 63 young adults (ages 18-24). The site is located at 2449 Summerfield Road and adjacent parcels. The file number is for this project is MJP13-005.
Telecommunications Facilities Zoning Code Text Amendment
The City of Santa Rosa is proposing to amend the Zoning Code in compliance with Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act). Section 6409(a) of the Act, which was adopted by the Federal government on February 22, 2012, provides that state or local governments may not deny, and shall approve, any request for collocation, removal, or replacement of transmission equipment on an existing wireless tower or base station, provided the action does not substantially change the physical dimensions of the tower or base station. The proposed Zoning Code text amendment will bring the Code into compliance with the Act.
Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing Environmental Impact Report
Housing Element Update
The City of Santa Rosa is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing project. The proposed project includes construction and operation of an at-grade pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue and the possible closure of an at-grade rail crossing at either Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street. Construction of an at-grade pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue would include installation of crossing surfaces across the two sets of railroad tracks present at the site, including a pathway leading to the crossing on either side of the rail corridor. Closure of a rail crossing at Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street would include removal of existing crossing surfaces and installation of improvements to prevent access, such as roadway barricades.
The City of Santa Rosa is updating the Housing Element of the General Plan. The Housing Element is an important part of the City’s General Plan that describes housing-related needs and resources in Santa Rosa, focusing on the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing. The Housing Element establishes a strategy to address housing needs for community members across the economic and social spectrum.
Breweries, Wineries, & Tasting Rooms
The City of Santa Rosa has adopted new zoning rules that support these land uses in more districts than ever. Did you know that beer and wine production facilities are now permitted by right (without a use permit) in the City’s industrial zoning districts? Or that tasting rooms are permitted by right in several commercial districts, including the downtown and station area districts?